The current Chief Minister of Punjab, Charanjit Singh Channi is a member of the Indian National Congress. (INC). Prior to being appointed the chief minister of Punjab, Channi was the Minister of Technical Education and Training in the second Amarinder Singh ministry. He had also been the leader of opposition in the Punjab Legislative Assembly. In September 2021, Charanjit Singh Channi succeeded Captain Amarinder Singh as the chief minister of Punjab after the latter's resignation. With this, Channi became the first Dalit Sikh Chief Minister of Punjab. Several policy announcements were made by Channi soon after he took charge at the office. On September 21, Channi promised action concerning a sacrilege case and said that the electricity bills of waterworks schemes would be waived and connections would be restored. On September 23, Channi said "Class D" government jobs would be regularised - (they were previously outsourced). During this while, Channi was surrounded by criticism from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as the latter commented on his attire and also told him to buy clothes. On the personal front, Channi was born in the village of Makrauna Kalan, Punjab. He read law at Panjab University completed his MBA from PTU, Jalandhar. He belongs to the Dalit Sikh community.read more
The amount of cash found at the residential premises of Bhupinder Singh (Channi’s nephew) at Ludhiana is around Rs 4 crores, and around Rs 2 crores were recovered at the residential premises of Sandeep Kumar in Ludhiana.
Channi said that ED raids are an attempt to put pressure and target him and his ministers as the polling day drew near in Punjab.
ED officials since today morning are conducting raids in Punjab as part of a money laundering probe against the 'sand mafia' and companies linked to alleged illegal sand mining.
The probing agency raided 10-12 places in Punjab including Mohali in poll-bound Punjab as part of a money-laundering investigation against companies involved in illegal sand mining in the border state, officials said.
Actor Sonu Sood in the video says that the real CM is a person who is forcibly brought to the chair. He does not need to struggle and he does not need tell that I was the chief ministerial candidate and I deserve this.
Political parties in Punjab have requested the ECI to reschedule the Assembly polls in the state in view of the Guru Ravidass Jayanti which falls on February 16.
Manohar Singh dubbed the decision of the Congress giving ticket to Gurpreet Singh GP as “injustice” with the people of the constituency and alleged that the sitting legislator was “incapable and ineffective.”
In a letter to Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra, Channi wrote that it was brought to his notice by some representatives of the Scheduled Castes community, which contributes around 32 per cent of the state's population, that the birth anniversary of Guru Ravidas falls on February 16.
Sources said Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi can contest elections from two seats. Adampur and Chamkor Sahib could be the two seats from where Channi is likely to contest.
The Punjab CM used the occasion of Modi's video interaction with chief ministers over the COVID-19 situation to convey the message to him. He regrets whatever happened during his visit to Punjab, Channi told Modi. The prime minister is respected to him, he added.
A couple of days ago, Navjot Singh Sidhu in a presser while responding to a media query asked, "who said the Congress high command will decide the next CM? It will be the people of the state who will choose it."
Himanta Biswa alleged that the Congress high command and the party's other central leaders were part of the conspiracy against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
India's Number One and the most followed Super Prime Time News Show ‘Aaj Ki Baat – Rajat Sharma Ke Saath was launched just before the 2014 General Elections.
Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma alleged that the Congress high command and his Punjab counterpart had conspired to assassinate the prime minister through the ‘security breach’ on January 5 while Narendra Modi was visiting the northern state.
The Lok Sabha MP from Anandpur Sahib also tagged a news report titled "Channi nudges Congress to name candidate for CM, with a hint: he is quite popular" along with the tweet.
The development comes as a surprise as Channi himself represents the Congress party, a rival of BJP.
Unveiling the first set of plans in his Punjab Model with focus on resurrection of Punjab, Sidhu, in the absence of Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and his Cabinet colleagues, told the media, "Punjab Model is people's model, an effort to give a roadmap to return power to people."
Punjab got its third DGP in a span of three months.
The election commission announced poll dates for Punjab. Voting will take place on February in one single phase. Punjab has a total of 117 assembly seats.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cavalcade witnessed a major security lapse while he was on his way to Ferozpur to address a poll rally and lay the foundation of various developmental projects including the Delhi-Amritsar-Katra expressway.