Monday, 18 October 2021

Charanjit Singh Channi will be CM of Punjab after Captain resigns

Charanjit Singh Channi will be CM of Punjab after Captain resigns

Charanjit Singh Channi's new chief minister will take oath on Monday at 11 am.

A Dalit face, Charanjit Singh Channi, will be the next chief minister of Punjab, Congress leader Harish Rawat announced on Twitter.

Charanjit Singh is a three-time MLA and the first Dalit chief minister of the state. Charanjit Singh has also been the former opposition leader in the Punjab assembly with a clean political record. Channi was a technical education minister of the outgoing Amarinder Singh cabinet. In the body, he represents the Chamkaur Sahib constituency.

A resident of Mohali, the 58-year-old has no criminal cases against him. And he has a stellar academic credential with the law and an MBA degree.

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The announcement follows after a dramatic day of hectic parleys. It ends with a surprise as MLAs of Congress have earlier told that they proposed Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa as the chief minister. Reports claimed that he also sought the appointment of the governor. "It's high command's decision..., I welcome it. Channi is like my younger brother...I am not at all disappointed," Congress leader Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said after the announcement.

So what happened next?

People aware of the developments said that after Amarinder Singh's resignation, an offer went to Congress leader Ambika Soni. Still, she rejected it, saying that a Sikh must be the CM of Punjab. Former Punjab Congress president Sunil Kumar Jakhar was also ruled out as Congress MPs were reportedly not favoring Jakhar becoming the CM. Then the Congress zeroed in on Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, which did not go down well with Navjot Sidhu. And finally, the naming of Charanjit Singh Channi was sealed. But he might not be CM face for the assembly election, sources hinted.

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