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12 Punjab Ministers dropped

By Sarabjit Pandher

CHANDIGARH, JULY 5 . The Punjab Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh, today forwarded the resignations of 12 Ministers to the Governor. The new Council of Ministers is likely to be sworn in on Wednesday.

Punjab, which has a 117-member Assembly, could not have more than 18 ministers. To enable the process of downsizing, the Council of Ministers on June 25 submitted their resignations to Capt. Singh, who forwarded them to the Congress command.

Capt. Singh had a series of discussions with the party president, Sonia Gandhi, and other senior leaders on pruning the Cabinet. A senior State unit leader said that the high commandaccepted Capt. Singh's proposal of rewarding the legislators whose performance was good in therecent Lok Sabha polls.The high command has also retained some ministers, in whose constituencies the party lost by a narrow margin. Twelve Cabinet Ministers, including the Chief Minister and a Minister of State, will be retained.

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