Putting speculations to rest, Charanjit Singh Channi is appointed as the Chief Minister of Punjab to tap the 32 per cent Dalit voters of Punjab in the upcoming 2022 assembly elections.
In the outgone cabinet of Captain Amarinder Singh, Minister for Prisons and Cooperation Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa (62) is a Jat Sikh face, three-time Congress MLA from Gurdaspur district in Majha region of Punjab. He became an MLA in 2002, 2007 and 2017.
The Congress high command was learnt to have asked Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to resign ahead of the crucial Punjab Assembly elections 2022.
The announcement was made by Congress general secretary Harish Rawat.
Sidhu had said earlier that the party high command should give him the freedom to take decisions and he will ensure that the Congress remains in power in Punjab for the next 20 years.
There were strong rumours that Shashi Tharoor, Manish Tewari or Kodikunnil Suresh would be appointed as the floor leader.
There have been hectic deliberations over the past few days over the likely changes in the Punjab government and the party's state unit.
They also come in the wake of continued infighting in the Punjab Congress with Sidhu at loggerheads with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi addresses media after the oath taking ceremony at Punjab Bhawan in Chandigarh. AICC General Secretary Harish Rawat with PPCC President Navjot Singh Sidhu are also seen.PTI Photo
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