Charanjit Singh Channi sworn in as Punjab’s first Dalit WC, but infighting continues

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On Sunday, after several rounds of talks, Channi, the Dalit Chief Prime Minister of the Punjab, was selected for the post by the party’s high command, following the resignation of Captain Amarinder Singh.

File image of Charanjit Singh Channi and Navjot Singh Sidhu. News18

Congressman Charanjit Singh Channi was sworn in as the Punjab’s 16th chief minister on Monday. Channi, three times deputy of the Chamkaur Sahib of Rupnagar, will be the Dalit chief minister of the Punjab.

Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and OP Soni, both outgoing ministers of the previous Amarinder Singh cabinet, were also sworn in by the governor of Punjab. They will be designated as chief deputy ministers.

In her first remarks after taking the oath, Channi, 58, called on the Center to withdraw the three disputed farm laws.

Thanking the party leadership, Channi told reporters here that the party has done an ordinary person a great honor. He also described Rahul Gandhi as a “revolutionary leader”. Channi said he would become the voice of the people of Punjab and always remain accessible to the people.

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He was Minister of Technical Education in the government of Captain Amarinder Singh.

According to the official Punjab government website, Channi served as a city councilor for three terms and became chairman of the Kharar city council for a two-term term.

He was elected in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha of the consistency of Chamkaur Sahib for the first time in 2007. He was again elected to the seat of the assembly in 2012 and then in 2017. In 2015, Channi was elected head of the opposition in the 14th Punjab Vidhan. Sabha.

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In 2017, he was appointed Minister of Technical Education and Industrial Training, Job Creation, and Science and Technology in the government of Punjab.

On Sunday, after several rounds of talks, Channi, the Dalit Chief Prime Minister of the Punjab, was selected for the post by the party’s high command, following the resignation of Captain Amarinder Singh.

Earlier today, leader Pawan Kumar Bansal informed that party leader Sukhjinder Randhawa and Brahm Mohindra will be two deputies to Punjab chief minister Channi.

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Amarinder Singh tendered his resignation to state governor Banwarilal Purohit on Saturday, after months of infighting between him and the head of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), Navjot Singh Sidhu. These developments came months before the Punjab Assembly elections of 2022.

Also read: Who is Charanjit Singh Channi, the three-time MP who became Punjab’s first Dalit CM

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