Brahm Mohindra, Sukhjinder Randhawa appointed Punjab Deputy CMs

The arrangement of Mohindra who is a Hindu face and Sukhjinder Randhawa, a Jat , is an effort to balance caste combination

Brahm Mohindra, Sukhjinder Randhawa appointed Punjab Deputy CMs

Sukhjinder Randhawa (left) and Brahm Mohindra. Tribune photos

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.

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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