The swearing-in ceremony of Charanjit Singh Channi was attended by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.
Charanjit Singh Channi was today sworn in as the new chief minister of Punjab along with two deputies, OP Soni and Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa. He was administered the oath by Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit at the Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh.
The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. Mr Channi, who is known to be close to Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu, succeeds Amarinder Singh who resigned on Saturday.
Mr Channi was chosen after at least two other candidates opted out of the race. Ambika Soni, who was the party's first pick, reportedly rejected the offer stressing that a Sikh leader should become the chief minister.
Here are the LIVE updates on the Punjab Congress Crisis:
Charanjit Channi Threat To Women Safety: Women's Panel NCW
"Today, he has been made Punjab Chief Minister by a party that is headed by a woman. It is betrayal. He is a threat to women safety. An enquiry should be conducted against him. He is not worthy of being a Chief Minister. I urge Sonia Gandhi to remove him from the post," said NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma on allegations levelled Mr Channi during #MeToo movement in 2018.
PM Modi's Message To Charanjit Channi, Punjab's First Dalit Sikh Chief Minister
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Charanjit Singh Channi shortly after he took oath as Punjab Chief Minister along with two deputies today. "Congratulations to Shri Charanjit Singh Channi Ji on being sworn-in as Punjab's Chief Minister. Will continue to work with the Punjab government for the betterment of the people of Punjab," PM Modi tweeted.
Mr Channi, who is Punjab's first Dalit Sikh Chief Minister, succeeds Amarinder Singh, who resigned this weekend after months of bickering with Navjot Sidhu. Read here
"Dalits Won't Fall For This Stunt": Mayawati On New Punjab Chief Minister
After Charanjit Singh Channi took oath as Punjab's first Dalit chief minister, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati asked Dalits to be wary of the Congress' "election stunt". The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister also claimed the Congress is rattled by the SAD-BJP alliance for the Punjab Assembly polls.
"Congress still does not have faith in Dalits. Dalits need to be very alert to their double standards. I have full faith that Dalits will not fall for this stunt," Mayawati said. Read here
"Conspiracy To Rob Dalit Votes": BJP Leader As Charanjit Channi Becomes Chief Minister
A conspiracy is being hatched to rob Dalit votes by appointing a Dalit Chief Minister (in Punjab), said Punjab BJP in-charge Dushyant Gautam, according to news agency ANI. "It seems that this is Congress' old habit. They think that by appointing a CM for 3-4 months, they'll get entire vote bank of Dalits. This is all for show," he was quoted as saying.
"Congress has done this before as well. They get the votes of Dalits but they place their own leaders for governance. When it comes to respecting Dalits, they're insulted and thrown out of party. This happened in case of Dr BR Ambedkar," he added.
"I'm Representative Of Common Man, Not Of The Rich": Charanjit Singh Channi
"Rahul Gandhi has given me opportunity to serve people. I am a "aam aadmi". I'm representative of common man, the farmer, and anyone who is oppressed. I am not a representative of the rich. Those who do sand mining and other such activities, don't come and meet me...I am not your representative. Punjab is an farming-dominant state. I am with the farmers," says Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi.
I Am An "Aam Aadmi", Congress Has Elevated An "Aam Aadmi": Charanjit Channi
"I am the "aam aadmi" sitting here while other parties keep talking about "aam aadmi". My father used to fix tent at others' houses. Congress has elevated an "aam aadmi". I can't repay the debt to Rahul Gandhi. Rahul gandhi supported people who align with Ambedkars' thought. I thank Rahul Gandhi on behalf of every Punjabi, every MLA including Capt Amarinder Singh," says Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi.
Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi Addresses Media
Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi addresses the media for the first time after his swearing-in ceremony.
Rahul Gandhi Arrives At Raj Bhawan To Attend Oath Ceremony
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi arrives at Raj Bhawan to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Charanjit Singh Channi.
SS Randhawa, OP Soni Take Oath As Deputy Chief Ministers Of Punjab
Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and OP Soni take oath as Deputy Chief Ministers of Punjab.
Charanjit Singh Channi Arrives At Raj Bhawan For Oath Ceremony
Chief Minister-designate Charanjeet Singh Channi has reached Raj Bhawan for his swearing-in ceremony. Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, state in-charge Harish Rawat and senior party leader Sunil Jakhar have also arrived, besides other MLAs of the party.
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"Keep Punjab Safe": Amarinder Singh Greets Charanjit Channi
Amarinder Singh says, "Best wishes to Charanjit Singh Channi." Greeting his successor in the Punjab Chief Minister's chair, the veteran Congress leader cautioned his replacement against the growing risks to the state from "across the border". Read here.