Rahul Gandhi says Charanjit Channi is presumptive prime minister – Archyde


Punjab Elections 2022: Charanjit Singh Channi becomes the candidate for Prime Minister of Congress for Punjab

New Delhi:
Charanjit Singh Channi will be the prime ministerial candidate at the Punjab Congress, Rahul Gandhi said today in an effort to settle the dispute between his two top leaders days before an election in one of the few states where the party is in power.

Here are the top 10 points in this great story:

  1. The Punjab Prime Minister’s face, Rahul Gandhi said, was not his decision. “I have not decided yet. I have asked the people of Punjab, the youth, the members of the working committee… I may have an opinion, but your opinion is more important than mine… Punjabis told us that we need a person who can understand the poor”.

  2. Mr Gandhi’s announcement came after a telephone poll asking people to choose between him and Prime Minister Charanjit Singh Channi – the result of an ongoing feud between the two. Mr Sidhu has made his ambitions clear since joining Congress from the BJP ahead of the 2017 state election.

  3. Mr Sidhu said he had “already agreed with Rahul Gandhi’s decision”. He then added, “Even if you don’t give me decision-making authority, I will still support the next prime minister… Don’t treat me like a showpiece.”

  4. Following Mr Gandhi’s announcement today, Mr Channi, who appears to be a few months older than Mr Sidhu, was spotted touching the party leader’s feet.

  5. Mr Gandhi had made it clear at a public meeting on January 27 that he was forced on the matter: “We don’t normally declare a face of the chief minister, but if congressional staff want to, we will pick a face too. But we will consult congressional staffers. You will decide”.

  6. Even after this announcement, Mr Sidhu had continued his attacks on Mr Channi. The final authority came on Friday when he cited the raids on a relative of the chief minister and said the party must select someone “honest and with a clean track record”. Any chief minister election, he added, should have the support of at least 60 MLAs.

  7. Mr Sidhu came close to achieving his longed-for goal last year when Amarinder Singh resigned as chief minister after a year-long dispute with an MLA gang of rebels led by Mr Sidhu.

  8. But the party chose Mr. Channi, a leader from the planned caste community who, despite his reticence, made it clear he was no cipher.

  9. Mr Sidhu tweeted earlier today to say that everyone will “comply” with Rahul Gandhi’s decision. “Nothing great has ever been accomplished without an act of decision…Welcome to our guiding star Rahul Ji coming to bring clarity to Punjab…All will abide by his decision!!!” read his post.

  10. The Congress move comes on a day the nation lost its legendary artist Lata Mangeshkar, who ruled the silver screen for over seven decades. The BJP has canceled the Prime Minister’s virtual rally for Goa and the launch of its manifesto in Uttar Pradesh as a show of respect. At today’s event, however, the congress management paid tribute to the artist.


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