Punjab Polls 2022: Charanjit Singh Channi likely to be declared as Cong's CM face, leading in party survey

Punjab Elections 2022: Party's coordinators are physically reaching out to the block president, district president and all candidates to collect their opinion and hand it over to the party soon.

By Talibuddin Khan
Updated: Thu, 03 Feb 2022 02:02 PM IST
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Punjab Polls 2022: Charanjit Singh Channi likely to be declared as Cong's CM face, leading in party survey
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New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In what could be a major setback for Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi could be declared as the Congress's CM candidate for the upcoming state Assembly Polls as he is leading in the survey conducted by the party to choose the CM face. According to news agency ANI, quoting party sources, Congress is taking inputs from ground workers, candidates and party MPs to get clarity between Navjot Singh Sidhu and Charanjit Singh Channi.

"Opinions of candidates, workers, and party MPs are being recorded so that any feud over the CM face between Channi and Navjot Singh Siddhu can be avoided. Party is also calling the general public through an automated call system to seek their opinion on CM face. The target of the party is to call around 1.5 crore people in the next 3 to 4 days," ANI quoted sources as saying.

Party's coordinators are physically reaching out to the block president, district president and all candidates to collect their opinion and hand it over to the party soon. Meanwhile, the party's Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha MPs from Punjab are also being contacted to their feedback on the two leaders in the race for becoming CM face of the party.

"Party is making all these efforts because it is of the opinion the whole process should be transparent and the one who loses in the survey should not oppose the result in any manner. Both Channi and Sidhu will have to accept the decision of survey as they have agreed for it before Rahul Gandhi," a senior Punjab Congress member said as quoted by ANI.

According to sources, in its initial trends Channi is leading but the party wants to take sufficient time to announce it with proof, so that Sidhu's displeasure can be handled.

While the Congress slammed Aam Aadmi Party over its process of choosing Bhagwant Mann as the CM candidate, it said that AAP has asked people to call them to give their opinion while Congress will itself call people asking for their opinion. "Party has already decided that it would make the event of announcing CM face a big event," senior party leader added.

In the survey, questions are only being asked about Channi and Sidhu. Thus, the party makes it clear that there is no other face in the race. In this survey of Congress, there are three questions in Punjabi language and they are being asked to give their opinion by pressing the button on the option of their choice on the IVR.

 

(With ANI Inputs)

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