Channi’s elevation, barely 5 months earlier than Assembly polls, assumes significance as Punjab has practically 32 per cent Dalit inhabitants. The BJP had earlier introduced that if voted to energy in Punjab, it’s going to make a Dalit the chief minister, whereas the SAD, which is combating the approaching polls in alliance with the BSP, had mentioned that its Deputy Chief Minister could be from the Dalit group.
Channi, who’s believed to have gotten sturdy backing from state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, informed reporters after assembly the governor that he was elected the CLP chief unanimously. Channi is a three-time legislator from the Chamkaur Sahib meeting constituency within the Rupnagar district.
He was holding the portfolio of Technical Education, Industrial Training, Employment Generation, Tourism, and Cultural Affairs within the outgoing Amarinder Singh-led cupboard. Amarinder Singh mentioned he hopes that Channi can preserve “the border state of Punjab safe”.