Chandigarh [India], September 19 (ANI): Congress leader Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, who is likely to become the next Chief Minister after the resignation of Captain Amarinder Singh, has sought time for a meeting with Governor Banwarilal Purohit, said sources on Sunday.
As per the sources, two deputy chief ministers will be appointed along with CM in Punjab. "1 Hindu and 1 Dalit MLA to be appointed for the post," they added.
Sukhjinder Randhawa is likely to be declared as Punjab Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader, who would be State’s next Chief Minister, multiple sources said. It is expected that an official announcement will be made anytime soon.
The senior Congress leader comes from a family of Congress loyalists. Randhawa's father, Santokh Singh served as Punjab Congress chief twice and was a well-known leader in the Majha region of the state.
Earlier today, after some Congress MLAs named him as the top choice as Captain Amarinder Singh successor, Randhawa said that the Congress High Command is yet to finalise a name for the top post in the state.
However, when asked if his name is being proposed for the top post, the Congress leader said, "Congress is a party which follows whatever the High Command says. I will also follow whatever is leadership decision."
Congress leader Kaka Randeep Singh said: "I have come to meet him (Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa), official information (on CM's name) will be announced by people who have come from Delhi through a presser."
"He will become the Chief Minister," said Kotbhai.
A veteran Congress leader and a Gandhi loyalist, Soni has refused the offer citing health issues.
On Saturday, after Congress MLAs passed a resolution allowing Sonia Gandhi to name Captain Amarinder Singh's successor, sources have indicated that there is a possibility of appointing two Deputy Chief Ministers along with the Chief Minister.
Sources close to Sidhu said, "Whatever name is agreed for the Chief Minister, it will be accompanied by two deputy Chief Ministers. However, the decisions of Deputy Chief Ministers will depend on who has been named as the Chief Minister."
These development came months before the 2022 Punjab Assembly elections. (ANI)