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Explained: Why Congress picked Charanjit Singh Channi to succeed Amarinder Singh as CM of poll-bound Punjab

Channi, minister of technical educational and industrial training in the outgoing cabinet, took oath as chief minister on September 20. With this move, the Congress is trying to balance the caste equation within the party in the state.

September 20, 2021 / 12:45 PM IST
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu, among other leaders, at the swearing-in of  Charanjit Singh Channi as new Punjab chief minister on September 20. (Image : Congress media cell)

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu, among other leaders, at the swearing-in of Charanjit Singh Channi as new Punjab chief minister on September 20. (Image : Congress media cell)

The Congress, on September 19, appointed Charanjit Singh Channi, 58, as the new chief minister of Punjab.

The announcement was made by Harish Rawat, the party's state in-charge in Punjab, a day after Captain Amarinder Singh resigned from the post after a prolonged fall-out with party leaders.


Channi, minister of technical educational and industrial training in the outgoing cabinet,  took oath as chief minister on September 20.