Punjab Cabinet: Congress MLAs oppose cabinet berth for Rana Gurjeet Singh
Punjab Congress is faced with a hurdle over the proposed appointment of a minister on the day Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi is to form the new Cabinet on Sunday.
Chandigarh: Punjab Congress is faced with a hurdle over the proposed appointment of a minister on the day Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi is to form the new Cabinet on Sunday.
Channi returned from Delhi after having a final round of discussion with the party high command on the faces to be included in the new cabinet.
Six Congress MLAs and 1 former PCC President in a joint letter to state party chief Navjot Singh Sidhu demanded the removal of Rana Gurjeet Singh's name from the proposed appointment as a minister. They alleged that due to his involvement in the 'mining scandal' and instead 'include a clean Dalit face in view of upcoming polls'.
Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira said, "Party is going to create a big blunder with his (Rana Gurjeet Singh's) proposed appointment as a minister. We'll talk regarding this with our state party president (Navjot Singh Sindhu)".
He had to resign from the Amarinder Singh-led government when his name came up in a controversy.
Rana Gurjeet Singh is the current MLA and Former Cabinet Minister of Punjab from Kapurthala Assembly Constituency. He represented the Jalandhar Lok Sabha constituency of Punjab from 2004 to 2009 and is a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) political party. Rana Gurjeet Singh migrated to Punjab in the year 1986 and set up a kraft-based paper mill in dist. Ropar. He later went on the set up a sugar mill in Buttar Sivia village of Amritsar district and various other industries.
All the ministers are likely to take oath in Chandigarh at 4:30 pm on Sunday at the Punjab Governor House.