(MENAFN- NewsBytes) Charanjit Singh Channi today took oath as the 16th Chief Minister of Punjab . The swearing-in ceremony took place at the Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh, a day after his name was announced by the ruling Congress party for the post. Former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had stepped down over the weekend amid pressure from the party.
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- Sukhjinder Randhawa, OP Soni become deputy CMs
- Channi's name picked after much deliberation
- Channi is the state's first-ever Dalit CM
- He faced a sexual harassment allegation
- Captain Singh resigned on Saturday. Where is he headed?
- Punjab to go to polls early next year
- PM Modi congratulates Channi
Details Sukhjinder Randhawa, OP Soni become deputy CMs
Channi has been assigned two deputy CMs. Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and OP Soni took oath for that post today. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi attended the ceremony while Captain Singh chose to skip the event. The former CM has invited Channi for lunch at his farmhouse after the event, sources told the media, adding that some MLAs will also join them.
Developments Channi's name picked after much deliberation
The announcement of Channi's name came as a surprise because several others were earlier considered favorites to become the CM. Senior leader Ambika Soni was reportedly the Congress' first choice. She, however, declined the offer, warning of the ramifications of appointing a non-Sikh CM. Sukhjinder Randhawa , now the deputy CM, was sidelined after state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu objected his promotion.
Details Channi is the state's first-ever Dalit CM
Channi, a three-time MLA, has become Punjab's first-ever Dalit Sikh Chief Minister. He has been picked keeping in mind the upcoming Assembly elections as Dalits form nearly 30% of the Punjab population. Further, the rival Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has teamed up with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), hoping to gather the support of the community. The Congress is looking to counter that move.
Do you know? He faced a sexual harassment allegation
In October 2018, a woman IAS officer had accused Channi of sending her an "inappropriate" text message. The case resurfaced earlier this year as Punjab Women's Commission sought a reply from the state government on the issue.
Captain Captain Singh resigned on Saturday. Where is he headed?
Captain Singh resigned on Saturday, following months of a bitter feud with Sidhu and his camp. After submitting his resignation, the two-time CM said he felt "humiliated," adding he would oppose Sidhu as the party's face in Punjab. He has also remained non-committal about his future plans. Reports say he may soon meet party chief Sonia Gandhi .
Information Punjab to go to polls early next year
Punjab is set to go to polls in less than six months. Congress' Punjab in-charge Harish Rawat has said the party will contest that election under Sidhu's leadership, a comment that invited criticism from leaders within the party.
Twitter Post PM Modi congratulates Channi
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