Highlights

  • Balbir Singh is new Punjab Health Minister
  • Fauja Singh Sarari resigned earlier on Saturday
  • Sarari resigned following a controversy over an audio clip

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Fauja Singh Sarari tendered his resignation, citing personal reasons. Soon after, Patiala Rural MLA Dr Balbir Singh was sworn in as the cabinet minister and was alloted the health ministry

Senior AAP leader and Patiala Rural MLA Dr Balbir Singh was on Saturday sworn in as the new Punjab Cabinet minister, shortly after Fauja Singh Sarari tendered his resignation following a controversy over an audio clip.

Balbir (66) has been allotted the Department of Health and Family Welfare, earlier held by Chetan Singh Jouramajra, as Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann rejigged portfolios of some ministers.

Earlier in the day, Sarari resigned from the cabinet, months after he was embroiled in the controversy over an audio clip in which he allegedly discussed ways to "trap" some contractors in order to "extort" money.

AAP's Punjab unit spokesperson Malvinder Singh Kang said Sarari has resigned from the cabinet, citing "personal reasons".

Sarari is the second minister to lose a ministerial berth in the over nine-month old Mann-led cabinet. Earlier, health minister Vijay Singla was sacked on corruption charges.

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