Charanjit Singh Channi has been unanimously elected as the Leader of the Congress Legislature Party of Punjab and is set to take over as next chief minister following Captain Amarinder Singh’s resignation. “It gives me immense pleasure to announce that Sh. Charanjit Singh Channi has been unanimously elected as the Leader of the Congress Legislature Party of Punjab,” tweeted Congress in charge of Punjab Harish Rawat.

Senior Congress leader Harish Rawat will visit Punjab Raj Bhawan, Chandigarh to meet Governor at 6:30 pm, as per the PRO, Punjab Raj Bhawan (Governor’s House, Punjab). Channi will succeed Captain Amarinder Singh, who resigned as the chief minister of Punjab on Saturday following months of infighting between him and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Navjot Singh Sidhu. These development came months before the 2022 Punjab Assembly elections.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) termed former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s anti-national allegations against state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu “serious” and questioned Congress top leadership’s silence over these allegations.

Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, senior BJP leader Prakash Javadekar asked if Congress will take cognizance of Amarinder’s allegations and take any action accordingly. “Former Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh has called his party’s state chief Navjot Singh Sidhu anti-national. This is a very serious allegation. BJP is asking only one question to Congress that why Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka are silent on this?” said Javadekar.

“That’s why BJP demands that Congress should speak on this issue. They should clarify their role on this issue. BJP wants to ask whether Congress party will take any action, cognizance of these serious allegations,” added Javadekar.

Speaking further, the former union minister said: “Citing the example of the way Sidhu went to Pakistan and hugged its army chief Bajwa after the terrorist attack on India, Captain Amarinder has called Sidhu ‘anti-national’. The country has seen and the country already had this issue in their mind, yesterday Amarinder Singh made it vocal”.