After a lot of speculation, Congress finally named Charanjit Singh Channi as the new Punjab Chief Minister. Congress leader Harish Rawat confirmed this development in a tweet.
Congress veteran Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday resigned as chief minister of Punjab with less than five months to go for the Assembly polls after a bruising power struggle with state party chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and said he felt "humiliated" over the way the party handled the protracted crisis. The 79-year-old Amarinder Singh, one of the Congress' powerful regional satraps, put in his papers after speaking to party president Sonia Gandhi and shortly before a crucial meeting of the Congress Legislature Party(CLP) in Chandigarh in the evening. He later launched a no-holds-barred attack against Navjot Singh Sidhu, describing his bete noire, a cricketer-turned-politician, as a "total disaster".
Besides Navjot Singh Sidhu, among the names doing the rounds as Amarinder Singh's replacement included former PCC chiefs Sunil Jakhar and Pratap Bajwa and state ministers Sukhjinder Randhawa, Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, and Tript Rajinder Bajwa.
Here are the latest updates on the Punjab Congress crisis:
#"We have presented our stance, unanimously supported by party MLAs, before the Governor. Oath taking ceremony to take place at 11 am tomorrow," says Punjab CM-designate Charanjit Singh Channi
# No decision yet on the new Punjab CM. You will have to wait for 2-3 hours. Announcement will be made today: Congress leader Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa
# Many names doing rounds for the Deputy CM post, says Congress leader Aruna Chaudhary on her name being proposed for the post in Punjab.
# Congress leader Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa seeks time for a meeting with Governor Banwarilal Purohit amid political developments in Punjab, reports ANI.
# Two deputy CMs will be appointed along with Chief Minister in Punjab - one Hindu and one Dalit MLA to be appointed for the post, reports ANI.
# Congress leader Rahul Gandhi returns to his residence after meeting party president Sonia Gandhi
# Congress leader Kaka Randeep Singh arrives to meet Sukhjinder Singh Radhawa
I have come to meet Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa. The official information (on CM's name) will be announced by people who have come from Delhi through a presser, says Congress leader Kaka Randeep Singh.
# After discussion with the Punjab MLAs, AICC has proposed the name of Sukhjinder Randhawa for the post of CM. A meeting is underway at the residence of Rahul Gandhi with Ambika Soni in Delhi, reports ANI.
# All MLAs have named Sukhjinder Randhawa for CM before Congress high command, he will become the CM: Congress MLA Pritam Kotbhai, in Chandigarh
# Navjot Sidhu is not a traitor, says Md Mustafa, advisor to Punjab Cong Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu
Navjot Sidhu is not a traitor. If after now Capt Amarinder Singh calls Sidhu a traitor, then I will open the whole book. Capt's target is not Sidhu but the Gandhi family. I'll not allow Capt to target Gandhi family: Md Mustafa
# Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday wrote to Congress President expressing anguish at political events of the last about 5 months, which he said were clearly “not based on a full understanding of the national imperatives of Punjab and its key concerns," says his office.
# Congress MP Ambika Soni declines offer to be the next Punjab CM.
"I've declined the offer (to be the next Punjab CM). Party's exercise is going on in Chandigarh with the general secretary and observers are taking views of all MLAs. I believe Punjab CM face should be a Sikh," says Congress MP Ambika Soni.
# Congress MP Ambika Soni arrives at the residence of party leader Rahul Gandhi amid political developments in Punjab
# Union Minister Prahlad Joshi questions Congress over Amarinder Singh's resignation
Captain Amarinder Singh is a popular leader. They've removed him because they were apprehensive that he was growing more popular than Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. People who're stuck in such deep mess are questioning us. It's not worth reacting to them: Union Minister Pralhad Joshi
# A decision will be taken in the next 2-3 hours, says Congress MLA Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on the announcement of the new Punjab CM in Chandigarh.
# Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot urges Captain Amarinder Singh not to take any step that will harm the Congress party.
# It all depends on the Congress high command. This is the prerogative of the high command. CLP meeting was held yesterday and a mandate has been given. There is no need for another meeting of the CLP: Congress MLA Pargat Singh, in Chandigarh
# Punjab Congress MLAs are awaiting Sonia Gandhi's orders. Immediately after, a decision will be taken in the CLP meeting. There is a background and issues behind the resignation of Captain Amarinder Singh: Congress MLA Kuldeep Singh Vaid after meeting with Sunil Jakhar, in Chandigarh
# A meeting of MLAs was held with Harish Rawat ji and Ajay Maken ji on Saturday. A resolution was passed that Sonia Gandhi ji's decision will be final on this matter. Today you will get to know her decision: Pawan Goel, Working President, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee
# Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh resigned on Saturday.
First Published: Sept 19, 2021 10:46 AM IST