Punjab Polls: Party workers will decide CM face for Punjab elections, says Rahul Gandhi

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Chandigarh: After Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and party chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday urged Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to announce the chief ministerial candidate for the Punjab Assembly polls, he said a decision would be taken by party workers.


Addressing a virtual rally in Jalandhar, Rahul Gandhi said, “We have talked in the car about who will take Punjab forward. Media people call it the CM candidate. Both Channiji and Sidhuji told me that this is the most important question.” In front of Punjab who will lead the Congress. He further said that both Channi and Sidhu assured him that whoever is the CM face for Punjab, the other person will support him.


“Look, two people cannot lead. Only one will lead. Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi and state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu assured me that whoever becomes the CM’s face, the other person will support him. I will speak for them. Was listening. I was happy. We will ask Congress workers to decide on the Punjab chief ministerial candidate,” said Rahul Gandhi.
Amidst the apparent tension between Channi and Sidhu, they display camaraderie as Channi hugs Sidhu and says that there is no fight between them. Charanjit Singh Channi said, “People say we have a fight. Announce the chief minister’s face for Punjab elections and we will be united, Rahul Gandhi ji,” said Charanjit Singh Channi, adding that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was also present in the meeting. .


Amid speculations of apparent tension between Channi and Sidhu, the Punjab chief minister hugged him and said there was no fight between us.


“There is no fight between us. Announce the chief minister’s face for Punjab elections, we will remain united,” Channi said during a meeting.


The Congress leader, who is on a day-long visit to Punjab to campaign for the upcoming assembly elections, visited the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Thursday.


The Congress leader was accompanied by Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and party’s state president Navjot Singh Sidhu. He also ate langar at the Golden Temple.


Meanwhile, five Congress MPs and leaders were absent from Rahul Gandhi’s rally in Punjab’s Amritsar ahead of the February 20 state assembly elections.


These five MPs were Manish Tewari, Ravneet Singh Bittu, Jasbir Singh Gill, Preneet Kaur and Mohammad Sadiq.
“We had no problem going. We came to know that the event was for 117 candidates. Neither the PCC president nor the CM invited us, not even the general secretary in charge. If we were invited Had it been, we would definitely have gone, Congress MP from Punjab Jasbir Singh Gill told ANI.


Besides this, a group of people wearing black ribbons also demonstrated during the visit of Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to the Lord Valmiki shrine in Amritsar.


Notably, this is Rahul Gandhi’s first visit since the Election Commission of India banned physical rallies earlier in the month.


Assembly elections will be held in Punjab on February 20. The counting of votes will take place on March 10.

First Published:January 27, 2022, 8:35 pm

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