Punjab: Ten MLAs of the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) in Punjab today took an oath as ministers in the Bhagwant Mann-led Punjab Cabinet at a swearing-in ceremony at Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh on Saturday.
Chandigarh | AAP leaders Harpal Singh Cheema, Dr Baljit Kaur, Harbhajan Singh ETO, Dr Vijay Singla take oath as ministers in the Punjab cabinet. pic.twitter.com/pqDiUZwKP2
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Harpal Singh Cheema and Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer, the ministers have been elected to the assembly for the first time.
Cheema, 47, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA from Dirba, was the leader of the opposition in the previous assembly.
Hayer, who has got re-elected from Barnala, is the state youth wing president of the AAP.
Dr Baljit Kaur (Malout), Harbhajan Singh (Jandiala), Dr Vijay Singla (Mansa), Lal Chand Kataruchak (Bhoa), Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal (Ajnala), Laljit Singh Bhullar (Patti), Brahm Shanker Jimpa (Hoshiarpur), and Harjot Singh Bains (Anandpur Sahib) are the first-time legislators inducted into the state cabinet.
Meanwhile,the Bhagwant Mann-led Punjab government is likely to take key decisions in its first Cabinet meeting on Saturday, informed sources, as reported by news agency ANI.
The first meeting of the council of ministers will be held after the expansion of the Cabinet with the swearing-in of 10 ministers.
According to the sources, the Bhagwant Mann government is likely to take the decision in the Cabinet meeting to implement one of the election promises of the Aam Admi Party (AAP).
Among other poll promises of the AAP in Punjab, the national convenor of the party and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had promised to improve the condition of government schools and hospitals in the state, generate employment avenues, free electricity up to 300 units per billing cycle and also promised ₹1,000 per month to women above 18 years.
He had also promised a corruption-free government and controlling drug menace in the state.
Earlier on Thursday, the Punjab Chief Minister announced that an anti-corruption helpline will be launched in the state on ‘Shaheed Diwas (Martyr’s Day)’ on March 23.