Congress has picked Charanjit Singh Channi to be the new chief minister of Punjab. The decision comes after a day of hectic talks between the Congress high command and state unit to finalise the new leader of the Punjab Congress Legislature Party (CLP).
Sukhjinder Randhawa, who was the frontrunner for the post just a few hours before Channi’s appointment, was given the post of deputy chief minister along with Brahm Mohindra, AICC Treasurer Pawan Kumar Bansal tweeted.
Heartiest congratulations to @Charnjit_channi for elevation as #PunjabCM and @BrahmMohindra & @Sukhjinder_INC as Dy CMs. Best wishes for their grand success in the service of Punjab under the leadership of Smt.Sonia Gandhi and Sh.@RahulGandhi.
— Pawan Kumar Bansal (@pawanbansal_chd) September 19, 2021
Channi, who met Governor Banwarilal Purohit to stake his claim to the top job in the poll-bound state soon after being elected as the leader of the Congress Legislature Party, will be sworn in today morning at 11 am. His deputy chief ministers will take oath beside him. A decision on the new cabinet will be taken later.