Congress on Sunday sprang a surprise by appointing Charanjit Singh Channi as Chief Minister of Punjab. The 58-year-old leader who has never lost a single assembly election since 2007 is a Dalit leader.
Punjab constitutes 32% of Dalit population. As much as 21% of population is of Jats and Sikhs.
Punjab Congress in-charge Harish Rawat announced his appointment in a tweet. Charanjit Singh Channi is a Dalit leader and has been elected as the leader of the Legislative Party. His name was announced after he was announced as the leader at a meeting of the Legislative Party.
58-year-old Charanjit Singh Channi was born in Bhajauli and is an MBA. The third time MLA has never lost an election in Punjab since 2007. Channi was among the state leaders who had raised a banner of revolt against Amarinder Singh.
Charanjit Singh Channi has assets worth Rs 14.51 crore and financial liability of Rs 10.84 lacs.
In a political turn on Saturday, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh resigned. He had submitted his resignation letter before he was forced to resign. Punjab Congress president Navjot Sidhu and Amarinder Singh have been at loggerheads for some time.