Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann will expand his cabinet on July 4 and during this time five MLAs are likely to be made ministers. Party sources gave this information. The swearing-in ceremony will be held at Punjab Raj Bhavan at 5 pm on Monday, an official said. Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit will administer the oath of office and secrecy to those in the cabinet.
This will be the first cabinet expansion in more than three months after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) formed the government in Punjab. With five more ministers taking oath, the number of ministers in Mann’s cabinet will increase to 15, including the chief minister.
Among the names that are being discussed for the post of minister are Aman Arora, a two-time MLA from Sunam, Dr. Inderbir Singh Nijjar, MLA from Amritsar South; MLA from Kharar Anmol Gagan Mann; Fauja Singh, MLA from Guru Har Sahay; Chetan Singh Jauramajra, MLA from Samana seat; Sarvjit Kaur Manuke, two-time MLA from Jagraon; Baljinder Kaur, MLA from Talwandi Sabo; and Budhlada MLA Buddha Ram.
After the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government was formed in the state following a landslide victory in the assembly elections held this year, Mann-led cabinet inducted 10 MLAs as ministers. The number of ministers in the cabinet is 18 including the chief minister. There are currently nine ministers in the Mann-led cabinet.
In May, Health Minister Vijay Singla was sacked from the state cabinet on corruption charges. The AAP had won 92 seats in the 117-member state assembly during the state assembly elections.