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Sukhjinder Randhawa Likely To Be Chief Minister: Sources



Punjab Congress: The Congress has 80 MLAs within the 117-member Punjab meeting (File)

Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa is more likely to be the brand new Punjab Chief Minister, and have two deputies to help him, sources mentioned at present, a day after a “humiliated” Amarinder Singh resigned, capping an extended feud with Navjot Sidhu, forward of polls subsequent 12 months.

Here are the highest 10 factors on this growing story:

  1. Sukhjinder Randhawa would be the new Punjab Chief Minister and could have two Deputy Chief Ministers, sources have mentioned. A 3-time MLA, Mr Randhawa, 62, is the outgoing Jails and Co-operation Minister and is from Gurdaspur district. Elected twice (2012 and 2017) from the Dera Baba Nanak seat, he additionally served as Vice President of the occasion’s state unit and his father, Santokh Singh, was a two-time President.

  2. “Captain (Amarinder Singh) saab is our senior… have at all times handled him like my father (and) he has handled me like his son… brother. There have been variations however he has by no means reacted negatively in opposition to me…” Mr Randhawa was quoted by ANI earlier, including that the ultimate determination could be taken by the occasion’s excessive command.

  3. Earlier at present a assembly of the Congress Legislature Party was postponed after Rajya Sabha MP Ambika Soni – believed to be the occasion’s first selection – declined the provide. Ms Soni mentioned “no” at a late-night assembly with Rahul Gandhi; she careworn on the “ramifications” of a non-Sikh Chief Minister, significantly with an election due.

  4. If it’s held at present, the CLP assembly shall be the second in two days. Aware of its precarious place (and of the BJP, AAP and Akalis ready to pounce), the Congress has labored swiftly however cautiously this weekend, and is eager to make sure the brand new Chief Minister has most inside assist. Sources had mentioned the CLP shall be referred to as solely in any case occasion MLAs are consulted.

  5. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot – who earlier this 12 months narrowly survived instability in his authorities – has requested Mr Singh to “keep the interest of the party above all else.” In a prolonged assertion issued this morning, Mr Gehlot referred to as on his colleague to “to rise above ourselves and think in the interest of the party and the country”.

  6. Months of sniping and hostility between Amarinder Singh and Navjot Sidhu got here to a head late Friday after a sudden assembly of Congress MLAs. Sources advised NDTV round 50 of the occasion’s 80 MLAs wrote to Sonia Gandhi and requested for Mr Singh to get replaced.

  7. A livid Mr Singh then spoke to Mrs Gandhi and advised her he had had sufficient. “I was humiliated three times by Congress leadership…” he mentioned. He wrote to Mrs Gandhi declaring himself “anguished” and to defend his administration’s observe file.

  8. The Captain additionally advised NDTV that although he had resigned, “… for the sake of my country, I’ll oppose his (Navjot Sidhu) name for Chief Minister. It’s a matter of national security… is an incompetent man… a total disaster…” Of additional fear for the Congress, maybe, was Mr Singh’s response to staying with the occasion; “I can’t answer right now.”

  9. The Singh-Sidhu feud dates to the 2017 election; Mr Sidhu had hoped to be Deputy Chief Minister however was reportedly denied by Mr Singh. He was as an alternative made a minister however stop two years later. After a sulk he re-emerged, focusing on Mr Singh and changing into a hard-to-ignore drawback, forcing the occasion right into a mediation try that soured after Mr Singh voiced disapproval at Mr Sidhu being made Punjab Congress chief.

  10. The rift escalated sharply in current weeks and a tenuous truce unravelled after statements by Mr Sidhu’s advisers. Last month, 4 ministers and round 24 MLAs raised contemporary complaints in opposition to Mr Singh, setting the stage for the weekend’s drama.

With enter from ANI

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