Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 19
With Dalit leader Charanjit Channi being made the Chief Minister, the party high command in an effort to balance the caste combination late Sunday night announced appointment of senior ministers Brahm Mohindra and Sukhjinder Randhawa as Deputy CMs .
AICC treasurer and senior Congress leader Pawan Kumar Bansal tweeted about the appointment of the two.
Heartiest congratulations to @Charnjit_channi for elevation as #PunjabCM and @BrahmMohindra & @Sukhjinder_INC as Dy CMs. Best wishes for their grand success in the service of Punjab under the leadership of Smt.Sonia Gandhi and Sh.@RahulGandhi.— Pawan Kumar Bansal (@pawanbansal_chd) September 19, 2021
In the outgoing Congress government, Brahm Mohindra, a confidant of Capt Amarinder Singh was the senior-most minister. On the other hand, Sukhjinder Randhawa, who was once very close to Capt Amarinder Singh, had parted ways with the former CM after differences over fulfilling poll promises.
Choice of two Deputy CMs shows that in the new Cabinet the party high command was also trying to adjust leaders close to Capt Amarinder Singh. The same approach could reflect in choice of other Cabinet ministers.
EarlierWithout taking the names, Punjab affairs in-charge Harish Rawat said, “Our mutual feeling is that there should be two Deputy CMs. Soon we will take a call on it along with names of Council of Ministers. Some names have been discussed but it is the CM’s prerogative who discusses it with party high command and finally takes a call.”
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