Punjab’s next chief minister is expected to be Sukhjinder Randhawa. A day after Amarinder Singh resigned as chief minister, frantic discussions were underway to designate the next head of the Punjab Congress Legislature Party (CLP).
He is a typical Congressman who has played a key role in taking on Capt Amarinder Singh.
Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, an Akali baiter and previous close associate of Capt Amarinder, had a falling out with the former chief minister over the former’s failure to follow through on election pledges.
According to reports, the chief minister’s name would be released with the names of two deputy chief ministers, one Dalit and the other Hindu. This is to ensure that the state’s caste mix is balanced.
“After a time, a formal announcement,” stated party insiders.
After a bruising power battle with state party leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday, Congress veteran Capt Amarinder Singh resigned as chief minister of Punjab with less than five months till the Assembly elections, saying he was “humiliated” by the way the party handled the lengthy crisis.
After conversing with the Congress president and soon before a key meeting of the CLP here on Saturday evening, the 79-year-old Amarinder Singh, one of the party’s prominent regional satraps, had filed his papers.
Later, he unleashed a no-holds-barred attack on Sidhu, calling him a “complete catastrophe” and characterizing him as a cricketer-turned-politician.
Here’s all you need know about Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa:
- The Congress party has a strong history with Randhawa’s family.
- In the departing Amarinder administration, he was the minister of Punjab’s jail and department of collaboration.
- Randhawa has served in the state legislature as Vice President and General Secretary.
- He was re-elected to the Dera Baba Nanak assembly seat in 2017.
- Earlier this year, he teamed up with Navjot Singh Sidhu to criticize his own administration for allegedly failing to deliver on promises made in the run-up to the 2017 elections.
- In the current “revolt” spearheaded by Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu, Randhawa has spoken out against Amarinder Singh.