10 AAP MLAs take oath as Punjab Cabinet ministers

According to the rules, Mann can have a ministry of up to 17 members. The Speaker of the Vidhan Sabha will be Kultar Singh Sandhwan, a second-term MLA representing Kotkapura.

10 AAP MLAs take oath as Punjab Cabinet ministers
Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann

Chandigarh: Ten Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs sworn in as ministers in Chandigarh on Saturday. Of the 10 MLAs who took oath as ministers, eight are first time MLAs. Barnala MLA Gurmeet Sing Meet Hayer and Dirba MLA Harpal Singh Cheema are the legislators who have won for the second time. AAP stormed to power in Punjab by winning 92 seats in the 117-member Assembly recently.

According to the rules, Mann can have a ministry of up to 17 members. The Speaker of the Vidhan Sabha will be Kultar Singh Sandhwan, a second-term MLA representing Kotkapura.

After oath-taking ceremony, Harjot Singh Bains said " It's a great responsibility. Arvind Kejriwal brought back the trust of youth in politics. We have to again make a Punjab of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. We'll make a Punjab model and in 2024 Arvind Kejriwal the PM of the country". 

Also, Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal said " We'll work for the people of Punjab sincerely. I come from an under-developed region of the state and my priority would be to work for education and health". 

The AAP list of ministers includes only one woman and two Hindus, four Jats, and the party has accommodated four SCs in the initial list. It has given representation to five Malwa districts; four Majha districts, and only one Doaba district.

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Many giant-killers failed to get a place in Mann’s cabinet, including Labh Singh Ughoke, who defeated former CM Charanjit Singh Channi, Gurmeet Singh who defeated former CM Prakash Singh Badal, Ajit Pal Singh Kohli, who defeated former CM Capt Amarinder Singh, and Jagdeep Singh Kamboj Goldy, who defeated former Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal.

The majority of second-timers have likewise been neglected by the party. Sunam MLA Aman Arora, who won with the largest margin of victory in the state (almost 70,000 votes), has also been overlooked.

Kuldip Singh Dhaliwal from Ajnala, Dr Vijay Singla from Mansa, Dr Lal Chand Kataru Chak from Bhoa, Dr Baljit Kaur from Malout, Harbhajan Singh ETO from Jandiala, Harjot Singh Bains from Anandpur Sahib, Bram Shankar (Jimpa) from Hoshiarpur, and Laljit Singh Bhullar from Patti made it to the cabinet.