Congress MLAs have proposed the identify Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, a minister within the outgoing cupboard of Capt Amarinder Singh to grow to be Punjab‘s new Chief Minister, Congress MLA Pritam Kotbhai has said.
Randhawa’s identify has been doing the rounds among the many probables to be the brand new chief of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) in Punjab, and the chief asserted Sunday that he has by no means hankered after posts. LIVE Updates: AICC Backs Sukhjinder Randhawa for CM; Rahul Gandhi Meeting Ambika Soni in Delhi
Who is Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa?
Born on April 25, 1959, Randhawa is a Member of the Punjab Legislative Assembly and represents Dera Baba Nanak. He at the moment handles Ministries of Jail and Department Of Cooperation within the Punjab authorities.
He was born within the Gurdaspur district’s Dharowali hamlet, tehsil Dera Baba Nanak. His father, Santokh Singh, was the Punjab Congress chief twice and one of the vital senior congressmen on the time. Sukhjinder graduated from the Government School in Chandigarh in 1975.
Randhawa initially ran for the Punjab Legislative Assembly from Fatehgarh Churian in 2002, defeating Akali Dal’s Nirmal Singh Kahlon. He was elected in 2012 from the brand new constituency of Dera Baba Nanak. He was reelected as MLA from the Dera Baba Naka meeting constituency in 2017.
He was one in all 42 INC MLAs who resigned in protest on the Supreme Court of India judgement that Punjab’s termination of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) water canal was unlawful, in keeping with experiences.
A conventional Congressman, Randhawa has performed an essential function in opposing Capt. Amarinder Singh.
Randhawa, an Akali baiter and erstwhile shut colleague of Capt Amarinder, fell out with the previous chief minister over unfulfilled election guarantees, and had joined palms with Navjot Singh Sidhu earlier this yr.
Dig at Captain
When requested by mediapersons on Sunday whether or not it may be assumed that they’re speaking to the long run chief minister, Randhawa quipped, “You are speaking to a Congressman”.
In a veiled dig at Amarinder Singh, he then added, “A chief minister remains (in his post) only till the time when his party, people of the state stand by him”.
Asked how quickly can one anticipate the identify of recent CLP chief to be introduced, Randhawa stated, “We have approved Congress president on this regard.”
He said the party senior leadership has not only to talk to the MLAs, but other stalwarts too before finalizing the name. Asked why so much time is being taken to announce the CLP leader, he said, “If you have to make a village sarpanch, sometimes it takes 20 days to decide”.
However, he assured the brand new CLP chief’s identify will probably be introduced later within the day.