After the resignation of Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, all eyes are on who will be the new Chief Minister. State President Navjyot Singh Sidhu, Sunil Jakhar and Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa are in the lead for the Chief Minister’s post. According to party sources, the name of the next chief minister is likely to be announced after a meeting of the Congress Legislative Party. The meeting will be held in Chandigarh shortly.
According to sources, the names of the two deputy chief ministers may also be announced after the meeting and the swearing-in ceremony is likely to take place on Monday. In a meeting on Saturday evening, Punjab Congress MLAs unanimously passed a resolution requesting party president Sonia Gandhi to select the next chief minister of the state. The meeting took place at Rahul Gandhi’s residence in New Delhi.
Who can get the post of Chief Minister?
State President Navjyot Singh Sidhu, Sunil Jakhar and Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa are in the lead for the Chief Minister’s post. Apart from this, the names of senior party leaders Ambika Soni, Satisfied Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Brahma Mohindra, Vijay Inder Singh, Punjab Congress Working President Kuljit Singh Nagra and MP Pratap Singh Bajwa are also being discussed. The name that is coming up for the post of Deputy Chief Minister is senior Congress MLA Rajkumar Verka. If he is given the post of Deputy Chief Minister, he will represent the Dalit community.
Meanwhile, Amarinder Singh, one of the most powerful regional leaders of the Congress, tendered his resignation to the governor after discussions with party president Sonia Gandhi and before an important meeting of the Congress legislature party. “This is my Punjab. I did everything possible for my kingdom. I have been in politics for the last 52 years and will continue to do so. I have resigned; But options never run out in politics, “Amarinder told reporters.