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Punjab Cabinet expansion: MLAs take oath as ministers in Charanjit Singh Channi-led Congress govt

The much anticipated Punjab cabinet expansion is taking place at the Punjab Governor House in Chandigarh.

Punjab Cabinet expansion: Congress leaders take oath of officeThe much anticipated Punjab cabinet expansion took place on Sunday at the Governor House in Chandigarh. After holding marathon meetings with the Congress high command, the list of ministers for the new cabinet, under the leadership of Chief Minister Charanjeet Singh Channi was finalised.Channi became the 16th Chief Minister of the state following Captain Amarinder Singh's resignation from the top post in the state. The three-time MLA from Rupnagar's Chamkaur Sahib is the state's first Dalit Chief Minister.A consensus on the names for the Channi-led cabinet was reached during his meeting with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and other senior party members in the national capital.Jalandhar Cantt legislator Pargat Singh, considered close to party's state unit chief Navjot Sidhu, is Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary.Channi was summoned to Delhi by the Congress high command on Friday to discuss the cabinet formation. The visit came within hours of him returning from the national capital.A total of 18 MLAs can be included in the cabinet, including Chief Minister Channi and two of his deputies Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and OP Soni.ALSO READ: Punjab: Ministers in Amarinder Singh govt question decision to 'drop' themALSO READ: Rajasthan next? Congress's Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka meet Sachin Pilot, days after Punjab leadership change