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Updated on: Monday, September 20, 2021, 03:29 PM IST

Punjab to have 2 deputy CMs, Sukhjinder Randhawa and Brahm Mohindra, says Pawan Bansal

Charanjit Singh Channi  will take oath as new Punjab CM at 11am  today  |

Charanjit Singh Channi will take oath as new Punjab CM at 11am today |

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New Delhi: Congress leaders Sukhjinder Randhawa and Brahm Mohindra will appointed as deputy chief ministers, said party leader Pawan Kumar Bansal on Sunday.

Taking to Twitter, Bansal also congratulated Charanjit Singh Channi for his elevation as a Punjab Chief Minister.

"Heartiest congratulations to Charanjit Singh Channi for elevation as Punjab CM and Brahm Mohindra and Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa as Dy CMs. Best wishes for their grand success in the service of Punjab under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi," he tweeted.

On Sunday, Channi was 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.

After the announcement of the new chief minister, Punjab Congress in-charge Harish Rawat said that there will also be two deputy chief ministers in the state.

"One deputy chief minister will be from the Jat Sikh community and the other will be from the Hindu community," Rawat told ANI.

Sources had earlier said among one would be a Jat Sikh for which MLA from Dera Baba Nanak Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa's name is being considered while from Hindu community probables include Brahm Singh Mohindra (MLA from Patiala rural), Vijay Inder Singla (MLA from Sangrur) and Bharat Bhushan Ashu (Punjab Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Affairs Minister).

Channi (49) is slated to take oath as Punjab's 16th Chief Minister today, a few months before the 2022 assembly polls in the state. The swearing-in ceremony will be held at 11am in Chandigarh.

Amarinder Singh on Saturday submitted his resignation to state Governor Banwarilal Purohit, following months of infighting between him and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.

Channi, a three-time MLA from Rupnagar's Chamkaur Sahib, will be Punjab's first Dalit Chief Minister.

Know more about the deputy chief ministers

Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa

Randhawa was the minister in charge of jails and cooperative in Amarinder Singh's government. He was a close confidante of Amarinder Singh, but his allegiance then tilted to Navjot Sidhu, as per a HIndustan Times reports.

The 62-year-old Congressman is a three-time MLA and represents Dera Baba Nanak assembly constituency. He also has been vice president of the Punjab Congress unit in past.

Brahm Mohindra

Mohindra is currently Minister of Local Government, Parliamentary Affairs, Elections, and Removal of Grievances. He is ranked second in order of precedence among ministers, after the Chief Minister.

Brahm Mohindra's entire political career has revolved around Patiala district, where he has represented the rural Patiala constituency for the Congress. He has been member and chairman of various Committees of Punjab Vidhan Sabha.

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Published on: Monday, September 20, 2021, 03:29 PM IST
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