Punjab Congress Crisis Highlights: Charanjit Singh Channi To Be Next Punjab Chief Minister, Says Congress

Punjab Congress Crisis Highlights: Congress leader Ambika Soni declined the offer to become Punjab's next Chief Minister at a late-night meeting with Rahul Gandhi, sources said.

Punjab Congress Crisis Highlights: Charanjit Singh Channi To Be Next Punjab Chief Minister, Says Congress

Punjab Congress Crisis Highlights: Charanjit Singh Channi has been named as new Chief Minister of Punjab

New Delhi:

Charanjit Singh Channi has been named as the new Chief Minister of Punjab. The outgoing Technical Education Minister is set to take over as next Chief Minister following Captain Amarinder Singh's resignation.

"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.

Mr 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

The Congress is likely to name two deputies in addition to a replacement. Sources, however, said the identities of the deputies will depend on who gets the nod for the top post.

Earlier today, senior Congress leader Ambika Soni was asked to succeed Amarinder Singh as Punjab chief minister during a late-night meeting with Rahul Gandhi, but the Rajya Sabha MP turned down the offer, sources said. Ms Soni made it clear at the meeting that not having a Sikh as the Chief Minister has "ramifications", the sources said, asking not to be named. 

Amarinder Singh quit on Saturday following an escalation in the political crisis in the state, which stems from his tussle with Navjot Sidhu. Later, speaking to NDTV, he said he had been "humiliated thrice" and that the Congress is free to "appoint whoever they trust". He also said he would "exercise his options when the time comes".

Here are the LIVE updates on the Punjab Congress Crisis:

Sep 19, 2021 23:58 (IST)
Amarinder Singh's First Reaction After Punjab Successor's Selection

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
Sep 19, 2021 22:51 (IST)
Sep 19, 2021 22:20 (IST)
Congress's SS Randhawa to be one of two Punjab Deputy Chief Ministers: Sources
Sep 19, 2021 22:02 (IST)
Navjot Sidhu with Charanjit Singh Channi

Sep 19, 2021 21:27 (IST)
Amarinder Singh congratulates successor Charanjit Singh Channi

Outgoing Chief Minister of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh congratulated Charanjit Singh Channi after Congress elected the latter as the new Legislative party leader on Sunday.
Sep 19, 2021 21:13 (IST)
Sep 19, 2021 20:58 (IST)
Sep 19, 2021 20:23 (IST)
Sep 19, 2021 19:49 (IST)
Charanjit Singh Channi to take oath as Punjab Chief Minister tomorrow

Congress MLA Charanjit Singh Channi will take the oath as the new Chief Minister of Punjab on Monday at 11 am on Monday.

Addressing media after meeting Governor Banwarilal Purohit, the Chief Minister-designate of Punjab said, "We have presented our stance, unanimously supported by party MLAs, before the Governor. Oath taking ceremony will take place at 11 am tomorrow."

Sep 19, 2021 19:39 (IST)
Rahul Gandhi congratulates Charanjit Singh Channi on being picked as Punjab Chief Minister

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi congratulated Charanjit Singh Channi on Sunday after he was picked as the next Punjab chief minister, and said the party must continue to fulfil the promises made to the people of the state.  

Mr Channi, who was elected the Congress Legislature Party leader on Sunday and will take oath as Chief Minister on Monday, succeeds Amarinder Singh who resigned on Saturday alleging humiliation by the party. 

"Congratulations to Shri Charanjit Singh Channi Ji for the new responsibility. We must continue to fulfil the promises made to the people of Punjab. Their trust is of paramount importance," Mr Gandhi tweeted.  
Sep 19, 2021 19:17 (IST)
Sep 19, 2021 18:59 (IST)
Sep 19, 2021 18:50 (IST)
Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu arrives at Raj Bhavan, Chandigarh
Sep 19, 2021 18:41 (IST)
Sep 19, 2021 18:26 (IST)
Sep 19, 2021 18:14 (IST)
Sep 19, 2021 17:56 (IST)
Sep 19, 2021 17:40 (IST)
Navjot Sidhu reaches Chandigarh hotel to meet Congress leaders amid back-and-forth on Punjab Chief Minister decision
Sep 19, 2021 17:34 (IST)
No name finalised yet for Punjab CM post, says Sukhjinder Randhawa

Punjab Cabinet Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, whose name is being proposed by some Congress MLAs at the next Chief Minister of Punjab, said that the Congress High Command is yet to finalise a name for the top post in the state.

"Till now no name has been selected. The party observers have talked to all the MLA and asked for names. Now a consensus will be made and the name will be announced. Till it is announced, I will not react to anything," Mr Randhawa told reporters.
Sep 19, 2021 17:07 (IST)
Sep 19, 2021 16:53 (IST)
Sep 19, 2021 16:41 (IST)
Sep 19, 2021 16:18 (IST)
Amarinder Singh's resignation "internal matter" of Congress, says Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena, which is running a coalition government with Congress in Maharashtra, on Sunday said that Captain Amarinder Singh's resignation from the chief ministerial post in Punjab is the internal matter of Congress.

"Just as Rupani resigned in Gujarat and it was an internal issue of the BJP, the issue of Punjab is an internal issue of the Congress", Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said. "I have no idea if anyone has been insulted," he added.
Sep 19, 2021 16:05 (IST)
Punjab Chief Minister Must Be Sikh Leader, Ambika Soni Rejects Offer

Congress leader Ambika Soni has turned down an offer to become Punjab's next Chief Minister a day after Captain Amarinder Singh resigned, sources have said. Read Here
Sep 19, 2021 15:16 (IST)
Opinion: Amarinder Singh's Exit Proves 7 New Congress Qualities
Chief Ministers always come and go. But the real importance of the resignation of Captain Amarinder Singh lies less in what it means for Punjab politics, and more in what it tells us about the Congress party of today. With each passing day, it become".
Sep 19, 2021 15:02 (IST)
Navjot Sidhu Advisor Responds To Amarinder Singh's "Traitor" Barb
"Navjot Sidhu is not a traitor. If after now Captain Amarinder Singh calls Sidhu a traitor, then I will open the whole book. Captain's target is not Sidhu but the Gandhi family. I'll not allow Captain to target Gandhi family": Md Mustafa, advisor to Punjab Congress Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu
Sep 19, 2021 14:56 (IST)
Serious Allegation By Amarinder Singh Against Navjot Sidhu: BJP Leader
"Former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has called his party's state chief Navjot Singh Sindhu anti-national. This is a very serious allegation. BJP is asking only one question to Congress why are Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka silent on this?" BJP leader Prakash Javadekar.
Sep 19, 2021 14:17 (IST)
Sep 19, 2021 14:15 (IST)
Congress May Name 2 Deputies In Addition To Amarinder Singh Replacement

The Congress is likely to name two deputies in addition to a replacement. Sources, however, said the identities of the deputies will depend on who gets the nod for the top post. Sources close to Punjab Congress chief Navjot Sidhu - whose hostile spat with Amarinder Singh precipitated this crisis - were quoted as saying 'whatever name is agreed for Chief Minister, it will be accompanied by two deputies... deputies will depend on who is named Chief Minister'. (Read full story here)

Sep 19, 2021 14:05 (IST)
"Stitch In Time Saves 9": Kapil Sibal On Parties Changing Chief Ministers

Pointing to the sudden change of guard in three states, Congress leader Kapil Sibal asked today will that buy parties time and help them course correct. The question was not asked of anyone in particular."
Sep 19, 2021 13:57 (IST)
"Anguished at events of 5 months": Amarinder Singh wrote to Sonia Gandhi
Amarinder Singh declared himself "anguished at (the) political events of (the) last five months" in a letter to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi yesterday, hours before he quit as Chief Minister of Punjab.

In the letter, Mr Singh - whose resignation was precipitated by a series of bitter attacks from rival Navjot Sidhu - indicated the party's understanding of recent political developments in the state were "not based on full understanding of the national imperatives of Punjab and its key concerns".
Sep 19, 2021 12:58 (IST)
Sep 19, 2021 12:55 (IST)

Sources have indicated that there is a possibility of appointing two Deputy Chief Ministers along with the Chief Minister.

Sep 19, 2021 12:42 (IST)
Sep 19, 2021 12:22 (IST)
Punjab Congress Crisis, Amarinder Singh Successor May Be Announced Today Amid Flurry Of Meetings
Poll-bound Punjab will get a new Chief Minister today - a day after a "humiliated" Amarinder Singh resigned following a prolonged and bitter feud with Navjot Sidhu that has left the party fighting for survival in one of the few states it still rules."
Sep 19, 2021 12:02 (IST)
Sep 19, 2021 11:50 (IST)
"Awaiting Sonia Gandhi's Orders" On New Chief Minister: Punjab MLAs
Congress MLAs in Punjab reiterated that the decision over the prospective candidate for the post of Punjab Chief Minister lies in the hands of the party's high command."
Sep 19, 2021 11:44 (IST)
Congress Legislative Party, earlier on Saturday, unanimously passed a resolution to give Congress chief Sonia Gandhi power to nominate the new Chief Minister of Punjab after Captain Amarinder Singh stepped down.
Sep 19, 2021 11:30 (IST)
"Hope Amarinder Singh won't take any step that will harm Congress": Ashok Gehlot


Reaction on the Punjab crisis, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot said, "Captain Saheb is a respected leader of the party and I hope that he will continue to work keeping the interests of the party ahead."
Sep 19, 2021 11:23 (IST)
Sep 19, 2021 11:21 (IST)

Amarinder Singh has been involved in a long-running feud with his in-house rival Navjot Singh Sindhu, whom he called "incompetent" as he stepped down from his post.
Sep 19, 2021 11:16 (IST)
The name of former Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar, current state state unit president Navjot Singh Sidhu, Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa and Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa are doing the rounds.
Sep 19, 2021 10:51 (IST)
Sep 19, 2021 10:47 (IST)
Punjab Congress crisis live: Minister Sukhjinder Randhawa emerges as frontrunner

The Congress has postponed a meeting of its MLAs after senior leader Ambika Soni refused the chief minister post. Sukhjinder Randhawa, who is a cabinet minister in the Punjab government, has emerged as one of the frontrunner, sources say.
Sep 19, 2021 10:39 (IST)
Congress's political observers fare meeting MLA one-on-one: Sources

The Congress's three political observers for Punjab are meeting with every MLA to get their views on the matter. They are holding a one-on-one meeting with the legislators, and will report back to the party high command for a decision on who would be the next Chief Minister.
Sep 19, 2021 10:37 (IST)

Ambika Soni, who declined the chief minister post, has made it clear that not having a Sikh as the Chief Minister has "ramifications", the sources said, asking not to be named.
Sep 19, 2021 10:35 (IST)

Punjab Congress MLA meet has been postponed to 1 pm. Sources say decision on new chief minister likely today.
Sep 19, 2021 10:34 (IST)
Punjab Congress crisis: Ambika Soni refuses Punjab chief minister post, say sources

Congress leader Ambika Soni has turned down an offer to become Punjab's next Chief Minister a day after Captain Amarinder Singh resigned, sources have said. Ms Soni declined the offer at a late-night meeting with her party colleague Rahul Gandhi, sources said.

Ms Soni made it clear at the meeting that not having a Sikh as the Chief Minister has "ramifications", the sources said, asking not to be named.
Sep 19, 2021 10:31 (IST)
Amarinder Singh says he was "humiliated thrice", keeps options open

In his parting shot, Amarinder Singh, 79, said he had been "humiliated thrice" and that the Congress is free to "appoint whoever they trust". Read full story here
Sep 19, 2021 10:28 (IST)


Amarinder Singh quit on Saturday following an escalation in the political crisis in the state, which stems from his tussle with Navjot Sidhu.
Sep 19, 2021 10:28 (IST)
For all the news on yesterday's developments, click here