Several AAP MLAs who emerged as giant killers by defeating political stalwarts of rival parties also failed to find a seat in Mann’s cabinet.
Former State Transport Minister and MLA of Congress Gidderbaha Amarinder Singh Raja today named four faces who should have been included in the cabinet of Punjab Prime Minister Bhagwant Mann. While the Punjab cabinet has seats for 18 ministers, Bhagwant Mann initially inaugurated ten ministers, bringing the total number to 11, including the CM himself.
Although Amarinder Singh Raja Warring said cabinet formation is an internal matter for AAP, the party should have included the leaders who stood behind it through thick and thin. Raja’s suggestion came the day 10 ministers take the oath of office. Although there are eight first MLAs in Mann’s cabinet, some giant killers have been unable to find a place.
“Although cabinet formation is an internal matter for AAP, I think these faces should have been in the cabinet. Mr Aman Arora, Bibi Baljinder Kaur, Bibi Sarabjit Kaur Manuke and Mr Kultar Singh Sandhwan. These are the people who have supported the Aam Aadmi party through good times and bad,” Raja said.
कैबिनेट बनाना @AAPPunjab अंदरूनी मामला है लेकिन मुझे लगता है कि इन चेहरों को में होना चाहिए था.
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These leaders are important to AAP because they stood by the party at a time when nearly half of AAP Punjab MLAs defected to the ruling Congress between 2017 and 2022. Arora is a former Congress leader who won from the Sunam seat on an AAP ticket in 2017 and retained the seat in 2022. Prof. Baljinder Kaur won the Talwandi Sabo seat for AAP in 2017 and retained the seat this year. Sarabjeet Kaur Manuke, the former deputy leader of the opposition, won from the Jagraon seat in 2017 and kept it this year. The same is the case with Kotkapura MLA Kultar Singh Sandhwan who won from the seat in 2017 and held on this year. These leaders are among the early adherents of AAP.
While these leaders are not included in the AAP Punjab cabinet, several AAP MLAs who emerged as giant killers by defeating political stalwarts of rival parties also failed to find a seat in Mann’s cabinet. Among them are Labh Singh Ugoke, who defeated former Prime Minister Charanjit Singh Channi in the Bhadaur meeting segment by a margin of 37,558 votes, and Gurmeet Singh Khuddian, who defeated Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) patron Parkash Singh Badal in his traditional Lambi seat. by more than 11 thousand votes. While Ugoke once ran a mobile repair shop, Khuddian had joined the AAP after leaving Congress last year.
Jeevanjyot Kaur (50) won from the Amritsar East seat, beating former Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia from the Amritsar East seat. Charanjit Singh, an eye surgeon, left Channi in his own constituency of Chamkaur Sahib.
AAP candidate Ajit Pal Singh Kohli defeated two-time Prime Minister Amarinder Singh in Patiala Urban, while Jagdeep Kamboj defeated SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal in Jalalabad.
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