'What is the problem if the son of a poor man boarded a jet?' said new Punjab Chief Minister, Charanjit Singh Channi
The game changed in the last minutes as the names for the CM and Deputy CMs changed in the last 24 hours and Charanjit Singh Channi emerged as Punjab's first Dalit Chief Minister.
A minister in the earlier Captain Amarinder Singh led Congress government in Punjab, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said he is a ‘Congressman’.
In the race for CM, there has been an influx of MLAs from Sunil Jakhar's house since morning, while the meeting of MLAs is also going on at Sukhjinder Randhawa's house. It is believed that Jakhar could be the Chief Minister as a Hindu face, while Randhawa could be made the Deputy Chief Minister.
The Punjab Congress Legislative Party meeting was slated at 11 am on Sunday, however it has been deferred.
Former Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh said that he will not leave active politics after his resignation, but will decide his new platform after discussing with his supporters.
The Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was seen holidaying at her bungalow in Shimla, at a time when rift has emerged between Congress leaders in Punjab.
The announcement was made by Congress general secretary Harish Rawat.
The farmers bodies have appealed political parties to suspend their poll campaign until the time poll schedule is out, so that focus remains on their protest.
Some local Congress leaders said that the shopkeepers raised slogans against Sidhu, prompting him to leave the area soon after the inauguration of the renovated main gate of ba temple in Amritsar.
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.
Congress leader Harish Rawat said he wants to concentrate on upcoming Uttarakhand Assembly polls.
Calls by Sidhu’s supporters – four Punjab cabinet ministers and over 20 MLAs among them – for Singh’s ouster ahead of the assembly poll due in February 2022 have resurfaced, despite the Congress officially asserting that the Captain will stay on as CM to lead the party’s campaign.
AICC general secretary Harish Rawat on Wednesday said the next year’s Punjab Assembly polls will be fought under the leadership of CM Amarinder Singh
Congress MP Preneet Kaur, who is Amarinder Singh’s wife, asked those who have raised a banner of revolt against the chief minister to refrain from raking up such issues saying it was 'damaging' the party ahead of the 2022 assembly elections.
Congress leader Manish Tewari questioned should those be part of the party in Punjab who have pro-Pakistan leanings and don’t consider J&K part of India.
This is Amarinder Singh's first meeting with Sonia Gandhi after the appointment of Navjot Singh Sidhu as the Punjab Congress president, which the chief minister had initially opposed.
Prashant Kishor’s decision to resign as Principal Advisor to the Chief Minister comes ahead of Punjab Assembly elections slated for 2022.
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