Even because it gave get together president Sonia Gandhi all the ability to ‘take the final decision’, the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) additionally handed one other decision on Saturday the place it thanked and praised the efforts of outgoing chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh. This regardless of the disgruntled ex-CM publicly venting in opposition to the get together and Sonia about he felt ‘humilated and wronged’. LIVE Updates
Though the CLP was anticipated to deliberate and finalise the title of the successor, it selected to go away the choice to Sonia. The get together leaders claimed that a choice shall be taken quickly.
Though a couple of names are doing the rounds, the entrance runner for the publish appears to be former get together state president Sunil Jakhar who regardless of being a Hindu and a non-Sikh face is the probably consensus candidate. Senior get together leaders level out that he has been working carefully with the Captain for 4 years as get together president so is thought to all get together MLAs regardless of their variations. He has gained elections from Gurdaspur earlier and can be identified for touching the spiritual chord, steadily quoting from the Guru Granth Sahib at public occasions.
The different names doing the rounds embody Rajya Sabha MP and senior Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa, a foe-turned-friend of the previous CM. Bajwa has expressed his willingness to contest the forthcoming meeting elections and hopes that he can be the darkish horse within the race for the highest publish amid the continuing rift between the previous CM and PPCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Though there are questions over his election because the Sidhu camp believes he nurtures his personal political ambitions. Among the MLAs identified to be within the Sidhu camp and who had raised the primary indicators of revolt in opposition to Captain embody former Cabinet Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa who wouldn’t thoughts being the `caretaker’ CM thus conserving the Sidhu camp in energy until elections are declared.
With a substantial variety of voters belonging to the Hindu group, names like these of Raj Kumar Verka are additionally being thought of as a attainable contender, which might go well with the equation of getting a Jat face within the type of Sidhu and Hindu Chief Minister within the type of Verka.
Senior Congress chief Ajay Maken, who was one of many two central observers deputed by the get together, informed reporters that 78 of 80 get together MLAs had been current within the assembly and a choice can be taken quickly.