The Chief Minister of the Punjab, Charanjit Singh Channi, was once again called to Delhi by the Congressional High Command on the issue of expanding the state cabinet, just hours after his return from the nation’s capital.
Channi left for Delhi again. This is the Punjab CM’s third visit to the nation’s capital in recent days.
Channi traveled to Delhi on Thursday evening where he discussed the formation of his cabinet with Rahul Gandhi.
He had also had discussions with the Secretary General of the Congress Committee of India (AICC), Harish Rawat.
After the meeting, Channi returned early Friday morning.
Uncertainty over the date of the expansion of the Punjab cabinet and ministers to include it persists after two meetings with the party’s high command.
Much has been worked out and this will be the last phase of discussion, sources told the news agency. ANI.
Few of those close to Punjab’s former chief minister and top Congressman Captain Amrinder Singh are expected to lose their place in the cabinet and new faces will replace them, according to reports.
The names of Pargat Singh, Raj Kumar Verka, Gurkirat Singh Kotli, Sangat Singh Gilzian, Surjit Dhiman, Amarinder Singh Raja Warring and Kuljit Singh Nagra do the trick.
The leader of the Punjab Congress, Navjot Singh Sidhu, remained absent from the discussion.
Meanwhile, former Punjabian Congress leader Sunil Jakhar has reportedly met with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.
There is now speculation that Jakhar, who narrowly missed out on Amarinder Singh’s succession as CM, could be rehabilitated with a post.
Jakhar was the favorite for the post of leader of the Party of the Legislative Assembly of Congress.
However, party leaders, including Ambika Soni, have suggested that a Sikh hold the highest office in the state.
Earlier last week, after several rounds of talks, Channi was chosen to be the next Chief Minister of the Punjab by the Congressional High Command, following the resignation of Captain Amarinder Singh.
These developments came months before the 2022 elections to the Punjabi Assembly.
With contributions from the agency
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