New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The suspense over the successor to Amarinder Singh ended on Sunday with Congress President Sonia Gandhi clearing the name of Charanjit Singh Channi as the next Punjab Chief Minister. The oath-taking ceremony will take place at 11 am tomorrow, September 20. 

Senior Congress leader and in charge of Punjab affairs, Harish Rawat announced the decision of the Congress high command and tweeted that Charanjit Singh Channi will become the new chief minister of the state. Channi has also been unanimously elected as the leader of the Congress Legislative Party in Punjab. He was the Technical Educational and Industrial Training Minister in the Amarinder Singh cabinet.

"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," tweeted Congress in-charge of Punjab Harish Rawat.

After the announcement by Harish Rawat, the CM-Designate left the JW Marriot Hotel in Chandigarh, where a meeting was going on among senior Congress leaders and the party high command, to meet the Governor, Bhanwarilal Purohit at his residence to stake claim to form the new government"I will speak after leaving from Governor's house," Channi said as quoted by ANI.  

Following the announcement, Captain Amarinder Singh extended his best wishes to the CM-Designate and hoped that he will protect the state from growing security threats from across the border. "I hope he’s able to keep the border state of Punjab safe and protect our people from the growing security threat from across the border," Amarinder Singh said.  

Channi will succeed Captain Amarinder Singh, who resigned as the chief minister of Punjab on Saturday following months of infighting between him and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Navjot Singh Sidhu. These development came months before the 2022 Punjab Assembly elections.

The 48-year-old Channi has also been the Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly during the Parkash Singh Badal-led Akali-BJP government. He is currently the state Technical Education Minister and is a three-time MLA from Chamkaur Sahib constituency.

He is a member of the Ramdasia Sikh community and was appointed as a cabinet minister in Capt. Amarinder Singh’s cabinet in Punjab on March 16, 2017. He had served as the Municipal Councilor for three terms and moved on to become the President of Municipal Council Kharar for two terms. He was elected to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha for the first time in 2007.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan