Punjab’s Number #2 Man!
South Asian LINK editor R. Paul Dhillon was on hand at Government House (Raj Bhawan) in Chandigarh in Sector 6, where Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh and Cabinet swearing in and oath taking was held Thursday morning. The surprising thing coming out of the record 77-member swearing in ceremony was that veteran Punjab Congressman and 7-time MLA Brahm Mohindra, who was sworn in as number Two behind Amarinder Singh. Mohindra, who is now the senior most minister after Chief Minister, has been given the portfolios of Health and Family Welfare, Research and Medical Education and Parliamentary Affairs. Dhilon’s family is longtime acquainted with Mohindra with his cousin Sahibjit Singh Sandhu being one of Mohindra’s closest confidantes. Dhillon said he met up with Mohindra following the swearing in and chatted with him about many issues and those close to NRIs and he promised an open-door policy. “The NRIs are our brothers and we welcome them home in Punjab and we are here to listen to them. I welcomed them all to make Punjab the Golden Sparrow that it has long been in India,” Mohindra told the LINK. R. Paul Dhillon is seen here with Punjab Health Minister Brahm Mohindra. See more highlights on page 8 and 9.