Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (File Photo/ANI)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (File Photo/ANI)

Rahul Gandhi unlikely to attend swearing-in ceremony of Charanjit Singh Channi as Punjab CM

ANI | Updated: Sep 20, 2021 01:56 IST

New Delhi [India], September 20 (ANI): Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is unlikely to attend the oath-taking ceremony of Charanjit Singh Channi as Punjab's new Chief Minister on Monday in Chandigarh, sources told ANI.
They further informed that the gathering at the ceremony will be small and some other leaders will also not be attending.
Charanjit Singh Channi is scheduled to take the oath at 11 am today as the 16th Chief Minister of the state.
This comes after Amarinder Singh on Saturday stepped down from the post of Punjab Chief Minister following months of infighting between him and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Navjot Singh Sidhu. He submitted his resignation to state Governor Banwarilal Purohit. Singh, after his resignation, said that he felt "humiliated" adding that he had been summoned thrice by the central leadership in the past two months.
These developments came months before the 2022 Punjab Assembly elections.
Channi, a Dalit leader, was Technical Education Minister in the outgoing Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh's cabinet and will be the first Dalit to hold the chief minister's post in the state.
On Sunday, Congress' in charge of Punjab Harish Rawat had said that Channi has been unanimously elected as the Leader of the Congress Legislature Party.
According to the official website of the Punjab Government, Channi remained Municipal Councilor for three terms and moved on to become the President of Municipal Council Kharar for a two-term.
He was elected to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha from Chamkaur Sahib Consistency for the first time in 2007. He was elected to the assembly seat again in 2012 and then in 2017.
In 2015, Channi was elected as Leader of the Opposition in the 14th Punjab Vidhan Sabha. In 2017, he was appointed as the Cabinet Minister for Technical Education and Industrial Training, Employment Generation and also Science and Technology in the government of Punjab. (ANI)