Punjab: Amarinder keeps home ministry; allocates local govt, tourism portfolios to Navjot Singh Sidhu
Manpreet Singh Badal, the estranged nephew of outgoing Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, will be the new Finance Minister.
Chandigarh: Punjab's new Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who was sworn-in earlier on Thursday, has kept the important Home Department with himself while Manpreet Singh Badal will be the new Finance Minister.
Manpreet Badal, the estranged nephew of outgoing Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, will also handle the portfolios of Planning and Employment Generation.
Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore, who allocated the portfolios to the nine ministers on the Chief Minister's advice, allocated to former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu the charge of Local Government and Tourism Departments.
Amarinder Singh will also handle General Administration, Personnel, Home Affairs and Justice, Vigilance and all other departments not assigned to any other minister, an official spokesman said in Chandigarh.
Brahm Mohindra will look after Health and Family Welfare, Research and Medical Education and Parliamentary Affairs.
Navjot Singh Sidhu will also handle Cultural Affairs, Archives and Museums.
Other ministers and their portfolios are: Sadhu Singh Dharamsot (Forests, Printing and Stationery, Welfare of SCs and BCs); Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa (Rural Development and Panchayats and Water Supply and Sanitation); Rana Gurjit Singh (Irrigation and Power); Charanjit Singh Channi (Technical Education and Industrial Training); Aruna Chaudhary, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Higher Education and School Education; and Razia Sultana, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Public Works Department, Social Security and Development of Women and Children.
The decision was taken after an over two-hour long meet between Charanjit Singh Channi and Navjot Singh Sidhu during which it was also decided that the latter would continue in his post as Punjab Congress chief
Channi rushed to Delhi a day after he held hectic parleys with a disgruntled Navjot Singh Sidhu, who finally relented and reportedly agreed to continue as the Punjab Congress chief after he was assured that a coordination panel, comprising him and the CM, will be set up
'Post or no post': Sidhu vows to stand by Rahul and Priyanka after u-turn on Punjab Congress chief job
Sidhu set the stage for Amarinder Singh's resignation as Punjab CM on 18 September and the relatively lesser-known Dalit face Charanjit Singh Channi's takeover, just four months before the Assembly polls