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Charanjit Singh Channi to be next CM of Punjab

CHANDIGARH: In a surprise development Charanjit Singh Channi, the outgoing technical Education Minister has been named as the new Chief Minister of Punjab.

The announcement comes as a surprise after the All India Congress Committee (AICC) proposed the name of Sukhjinder Randhawa for the post of CM after a discussion with Punjab MLAs.

Taking to Twitter, Punjab affairs in-charge Harish Rawat wrote “It gives me immense pleasure to announce that Sh. Charanjit Singh Channi has been unanimously elected as the Leader of the Congress Legislature Party of Punjab,”

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Punjab Congress MLAs have authorised party president Sonia Gandhi to appoint a new legislature party leader to succeed Amarinder Singh as the state’s chief minister.

This came after Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh resigned, saying he was “humiliated” by the way the party handled the infighting in the state unit. According to party sources, the new leader’s name will most likely be announced at 11 a.m. CLP meeting today.

Channi will meet Governor Banwarilal Purohit to stake a claim at 6:30 pm.

Reacting to this, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said that he is not at all disappointed.“It’s high command’s decision. I welcome it. Channi is like my younger brother. I am not at all disappointed,” he added.

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