Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal inducted five BJP ministers in his state cabinet on Sunday. Few days back, all the BJP nominees had resigned in wake of the Rs 1.5 crore graft case.

The expansion comes four days after all the five BJP cabinet ministers resigned in the wake of Rs 1.50 crore graft cases in which a party legislator Raj Khurana was arrested. Names of two ministers also figured in the case.

Tikshan Sud, Laxmi Kanta Chawla (both of whom were asked to resign), Satpal Gosain (who resigned as Deputy Speaker of the assembly), former minister Surjit Kumar Jyani and Arunesh Shakir were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Punjab Governor Shivraj V Patil.

Besides the ministers, five BJP legislators were sworn in as Chief Parliamentary Secretaries - a rank equivalent to cabinet ministers - by Badal at the Punjab Bhawan here.

Those sworn in as CPS are Sukhpal Singh Nannu, who resigned as CPS this week, K D Bhandari, Amarjit Singh Sahi, Bishamber Dass and Dinesh Singh.

Following the expansion the strength of the Council of Ministers has increased from 12 to 17, including the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister. The strength of CPS, who hold rank equivalent to that of ministers has gone up to 15 from 10.

Five ministers -- Manoranjan Kalia (Local Bodies and Industries), Tikshan Sud (Parliamentary Affairs), Laxmi Kanta Chawla (Health and Family Welfare), Mohan Lal (Transport) and Swarna Ram (Technical Education) and two Chief Parliamentary Secretaries (CPS) Sukhpal Singh Nannu and Arunesh Shakir had resigned on Thursday.

Jagdish Sahni had resigned as CPS some time back following differences with Laxmi Kanta Chawla with the two leveling serious charges of corruption against each other.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, his ministerial colleagues, senior civil and police officers, BJP Vice President Shanta Kumar, who is also in-charge of party affairs in Punjab, were among those present at the ceremony.

(Agencies)