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Charanjit Singh Channi will be Punjab’s next CM, announces Congress

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Congress on Sunday announced that Charanjit Singh Channi will be the next chief minister of Punjab. The development comes after Captain Amarinder Singh quit as the chief minister resulting in a major political drama in the state which will go to the polls next year.

The announcement about the new CM came from the AICC in-charge of Punjab, Harish Rawat. The veteran Congress leader said, “It gives me immense pleasure to announce that Charanjit Singh Channi has been unanimously elected as the Leader of the Congress Legislature Party of Punjab.”

Chamkaur Sahib MLA Charanjit Singh Channi, during the tenure of the Amarinder Singh-led government, headed three departments— tourism and cultural affairs, technical education and industrial training and employment generation. The new CM is likely to take oath on Monday.

MLA’s Aruna Chaudhary and Bharat Bhushan Ashu are likely to be the next deputy chief ministers of Punjab. Aruna Chaudhary will represent the Dalit community, according to sources.

Why Punjab CM Amarinder Singh resigned

Ahead of tendering his resignation, Amarinder Singh wrote a letter to Congress chief criticising the party leadership. In the letter, he wrote, “Anguished at political events of last five months, which were not based on full understanding of the national imperatives of Punjab and its key concerns.”

He expressed satisfaction that during his stint in power, the state “remained fully peaceful, and there was complete communal harmony with no ill-will towards anyone.”

“Not only did I establish the rule of law and ensured transparent governance, but maintained ethical conduct even in the management of political affairs, winning 8 out of 13 seats in the Parliament Elections in 2019 and the PRI and ULB Elections decisively,” he wrote.

Concerned that the power tussle in the Punjab Congress would spell governance issues, Amarinder Singh said that the people of the state were looking to the party for “its mature and effective public policies, which not only reflect upon good politics, but also address the concerns of the common man that are specific to this border state.

 

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