Charanjit Singh Channi to be Congress' CM face for Punjab polls: Rahul Gandhi

Now, Channi should keep his chair too if Congress upstages rivals in Punjab polls
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi (left) greets new Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi (centre) after the latter takes the oath of office during a ceremony, at Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh on Sept 20, 2021. Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit (right) is also seen. File photo: PTI

Ludhiana: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday declared Charanjit Singh Channi as his party's chief ministerial face for the high-stakes Punjab Assembly polls.

Gandhi made this announcement while addressing a virtual rally here.

"People of Punjab said we need a CM from 'gareeb ghar' (poor family)," said Gandhi.

The other main contender for the party's CM face was Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, a Jat Sikh face.

The party had taken feedback from its leaders and workers, and had also sought the opinion of the public on who should be its chief ministerial candidate through an automated call system.

Gandhi also lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he is not the PM but a "king".

Have you seen him helping anyone on roadside, he asks.  

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