National Commission for Women (NCW) Chairperson Rekha Sharma has sought the resignation of newly-appointed Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi over the “#MeToo allegations” levelled against him. In a statement, Sharma said it was “shameful” that such an individual was appointed the chief minister of Punjab.
“This is shameful and extremely objectionable that such an individual has been appointed because the CM of Punjab. We are not looking for one other lady to undergo the identical expertise and endure the identical harassment that the IAS officer would have confronted. Channi must be held accountable and may resign from the publish of CM,” she said. Sharma said that the Punjab State Commission for Women had taken cognisance of the incident yet the state government did not take any action against him. “I am shocked and utterly disappointed to find that Charanjit Singh Channi, a MeToo accused who had allegedly sent an inappropriate text message to a female IAS officer in 2018, has been appointed as the chief minister of Punjab,” Sharma mentioned.
“One can solely think about what could be the state of ladies security within the state given the one on the helm of affairs is himself accused of threatening girls safety. If an IAS officer has been denied justice within the state, how can the Congress be sure that the frequent girls of Punjab could be secure? Despite being a girl herself, the Congress chief didn’t take into account the MeToo allegations made towards Channi and appointed him the CM,” she said. The issue had resurfaced in May this year when the Punjab women panel chief threatened to go on a hunger strike if the state government failed to apprise her within a week of its stand on the “inappropriate text” message allegedly despatched by Channi, who was then a minister within the Amarinder Singh authorities. Punjab Women Commission chairperson Manisha Gulati had mentioned she had written to the chief secretary looking for the federal government’s motion taken report.