Charanjit Singh Channi is Congress’s presumptive Chief Minister in Punjab, Rahul Gandhi introduced on Sunday afternoon, with Navjot Sidhu slipping out of the hotly contested race for the highest job however not earlier than scoring an assurance that he may have a pivotal position in ruling the state if the federal government was re-elected.
Quickly after the announcement, Mr Channi, who can be the primary Dalit Chief minister of the state, was seen touching Mr Sidhu’s ft.
Then got here the Kodak second, Mr Sidhu, the Punjab Congress chief, cheered the presumptive Chief Minister by elevating his hand in jubilation – like a referee lifts the successful boxer’s hand after the ultimate spherical.
Thereafter, all three leaders – Rahul Gandhi, Navjot sidhu, Charanjit Channi – had been group hugging. After which in an enormous present of power, they raised their fingers within the air, ending weeks of hypothesis concerning the infighting within the celebration and sending out the message of solidarity.
“Sidhu ji, Jo tusi karna chahte ho, tusi karoge (No matter you need to do, you will do). Your mannequin will likely be carried out,” stated Mr Channi in his first feedback after accepting the duty.
Underscoring that the Congress has its “system to develop leaders”, Rahul Gandhi gave his personal instance in what was seen as a message to Mr Sidhu, who joined the celebration simply forward of the 2017 polls, after 13 years within the BJP.
“Channi is the son of a poor household. He is aware of poverty. Did u see any conceitedness in him? He goes and meets individuals… Channi is the voice of the poor,” stated Mr Gandhi declaring Mr Channi’s title.
Mr Sidhu, who in his tackle, had declared that he has “already agreed with Rahul Gandhi’s determination” stated, “Even in case you do not give me decision-making energy, nonetheless I’ll assist the subsequent Chief Minister.”
However there was a rider. Whereas insisting that he solely sought the welfare of Punjab, Mr Sidhu stated “Do not deal with me like a showpiece”.
The voting for 117-member state meeting will happen on February 20. The votes will likely be counted on March 10, together with 4 different states.