Charanjit Channi sworn in as new Chief Minister of Punjab, Rahul Gandhi attends
New Delhi : Charanjit Singh Channi took oath as 16th Chief Minister of Punjab after Amarinder Singh resigned from his post on Saturday, four months before the scheduled Assembly elections in the state. He is Punjab's first Dalit Sikh Chief Minister.
Contrary to a previous report, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi attended the event. He has been facing huge criticism on how the Punjab political crisis has been handled.
Before the swearing-in ceremony of the new Chief Minister, a Congress leader made a tweet and made it clear that the transition of power will not be as smooth as it is being hoped by the party.
"On the swearing-in day of Charanjit Channi as Chief Minister, Mr Rawat's statement that 'elections will be fought under Sidhu', is baffling. It is likely to undermine the Chief Minister's (designate) authority but also negate the very 'raison d'etre' of his selection for this position," former Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar tweeted.
Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had submitted his resignation on Saturday, saying that he has been "humiliated thrice".
"I was humiliated three times by the Congress leadership in the past two months...they called the MLAs to Delhi twice and now convened CLP (MLAs' meeting) today (Saturday). Apparently, they (Congress leadership) do not have confidence in me and did not think I could handle my job. But I felt humiliated at the manner in which they handled the whole affair... It's now up to them to appoint anyone they trust," Mr Singh said, flashing resentment that threatens to blow up for the Congress in the coming months.