Aditi Tandon & Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service
New Delhi/Chandigarh, September 18
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh resigned ahead of the crucial Congress Legislature Party meeting in Chandigarh on Saturday evening.
The CM addressed the press outside the Punjab Raj Bhawan.
Sources said the decision was taken at a meeting of MLAs close to him at his official residence in Chandigarh after 2 pm.
Meanwhile, Chief Principal Secretary to CM Suresh Kumar has also tendered his resignation.
Earlier, hectic political activity was witnessed in the Punjab Congress hours before AICC-appointed observers Harish Chaudhary and Ajay Maken and Punjab Affairs incharge Harish Rawat arrived in Chandigarh to hold a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party.
The agenda of the CLP meeting was to choose the new CLP leader in place of Amarinder. The MLAs approved resolution authorising party president Sonia Gandhi to elect the new leader.
Kudos to Sh @RahulGandhi for adopting Alexandrian solution to this punjabi version of Gordian knot. Surprisingly, this bold leadership decision to resolve Punjab Congress imbroglio has not only enthralled congress workers but has sent shudders down the spines of Akalis.— Sunil Jakhar (@sunilkjakhar) September 18, 2021
The names doing the rounds are those of Sunil Jakhar and Partap Bajwa with Jakhar being the frontrunner.
Haha indeed indeed must go now as I am proud to accompany my father to Raj Bhawan when he submits his resignation as CM of Punjab and leads us as head of our family into a new beginning et all.— Raninder Singh (@RaninderSingh) September 18, 2021
Meanwhile, the Punjab ministers and MLAs who attended the CM’s meeting at his residence were ministers Brahm Mohindra, Rana Sodhi, Vijayinder Singla and Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Khadoor Saheb MLA Ramanjit Singh Sikki, Baba Bakala MLA SS Bhlaipur, Raj Kumar Chabbewal, MLA Fateh Jung Bajwa, MLA Tarsem DC, Yoginder Pal, Rakesh Pandey, Ajaib Singh Bhatti, HS Ajnala and Rajinder Singh.
Race hots for the post of CM
With Capt Amarinder Singh tendering his resignation as CM, Sukhjinder Randahwa, a Jat face, and Charanjit Channi, a Dalit face, are also said to be in the race for the post of CM.
Both leaders played a crucial role in the ouster of Amarinder.
Party circles are debating whether a Hindu face or a Sikh face would be ideal as the CM in the run-up to the elections.
In the recast of the cabinet, the party apart from bringing new faces would bring two deputy CMs to balance the caste factor. Being a Sikh-dominated state, it is being argued that a Sikh face should be the CM, though Sunil Jakhar is said to be the frontrunner and a consensus candidate.
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