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Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa To Be The Next Punjab CM, After Captain's Exit

As per the sources, Randhawa will have two Deputy CM. A 62-year-old, and three-time Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA), Randhawa, who is from Gurdaspur district is the outgoing Jails and Co-operation Minister.

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Amid the political crisis in Punjab, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa is likely to be the next Chief Minister (CM) of the poll-bound state. 

According to the sources, Punjab is going to get a new CM today, a day after Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh resigned, due to his ongoing tussle with Punjab State Unit Head Navjot Singh Sidhu

As per the sources, Randhawa will have two Deputy CM. A 62-year-old, and three-time Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA), Randhawa, who is from Gurdaspur district is the outgoing Jails and Co-operation Minister.  

Randhawa was elected in Punjab Legislative Assembly twice in 2012 and 2017 from the Dera Baba Nanak seat.  Meanwhile, he also served as Vice President of the Punjab State Unit. 

Also, Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Ambika Soni who was supposed to be the first choice for the CM post declined the offer. During the late-night meeting with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, she said no and cited consequences of a non-Sikh CM, ahead of the upcoming election.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said, "I hope that Capt. Amarinder Singh Ji won't take any step that could cause damage to the Congress party. Capt. Sahib himself has said that the party made him CM and allowed him to continue as CM for nine and a half years."

Captain Amarinder Singh resigned as Punjab Chief Minister on Saturday, citing a political disagreement with newly elected Congress Punjab Unit Head Navjot Singh Sidhu

The resignation comes less than five months before the Punjab Assembly elections, and less than an hour before a meeting of the Congress party's parliamentary party (CLP).

Raninder Singh, the son of Captain Amrinder Singh, took to Twitter and wrote, "My father submitted his resignation to HE the Governor Sahib of Punjab."

Amarinder Singh, 79, told reporters outside the front entrance of the Raj Bhavan. This morning, I called Congress President (Sonia Gandhi) and informed her that I am quitting. The problem is that this is the third time MLAs have been summoned to a meeting, and my leadership is being called into question, he explained.

He also said that he is not going to accept Sidhu as Chief Minister of Punjab. He is a total disaster. He could not even handle ministry, how can he run an entire state. I know that he has no capability and the entire state will suffer. 

Singh indicated that, for the time being, he has no plans to leave the Congress party, however, that future politics is always a possibility. He indicated that he will make his next move after talking with his followers. Political experts believe the ruling would hurt Congress in the next state elections.

Singh, who had previously said that the 2017 campaign, in which he led the Congress to a near-two-thirds win, would be his final, was keen to run again. Meanwhile, Sidhu has never concealed his ambition and views himself as the natural candidate for chief minister if the party retains power in the upcoming elections.

Despite the CM's concerns, the cricketer-turned-politician was elected state president on July 18.

Earlier, the resignation of political strategist Prashant Kishor as an advisor to Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has raised eyeballs, amid the feud with Sidhu. 


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