Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi will meet Governor Banwarilal Purohit this afternoon as the list of legislators for the new cabinet has been finalised, sources said. Channi is expected to meet the governor today and the oath-taking ceremony for the new ministers is likely to take place on Sunday, they said. The development comes hours after Channi returned from Delhi having held a final round of discussion with the party high command on the faces to be included in the new cabinet. The sources said seven fresh faces are likely to find place in the Channi-led cabinet and five MLAs who were ministers in the Amarinder Singh government are likely to be dropped.
Channi was summoned to Delhi by the Congress high command on Friday to discuss the cabinet expansion.
The visit came within hours of him returning from the national capital.
CM Channi’s meeting with Rahul Gandhi
Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi met Rahul Gandhi in Delhi on Friday night and is learnt to have discussed the new Cabinet formation in the state, sources said. Channi was summoned to Delhi by the Congress high command to discuss the expansion of the Cabinet, just hours after he had returned from the national capital.
Hectic deliberations are on between Channi and top party leaders to decide the names of ministers in Punjab’s Cabinet, the sources said. Some of the ministers in the previous Amarinder Singh government are like to be dropped, they said. It is the CM’s third visit to Delhi in the past few days.