After Ambika Soni’s Refusal, Randhawa is Congress’ Likely Choice for Punjab CM


There are going to be two deputy chief ministers, say sources

Team Clarion

New Delhi – Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa is likely to be appointed as the new chief minister of Punjab, IANS reported quoting sources. The Congress is soon to announce the name of the chief minister. This comes after Ambika Soni declined to take the responsibility. The offer was made to her in a late-night meeting with Rahul Gandhi. She instead suggested that a Sikh be given the job, say sources close to her.

According to reports, a majority of MLAs have proposed Randhawa’s name and the top leaders in Chandigarh are awaiting the green signal from the high command. A meeting is going on at Rahul Gandhi’s Delhi residence to take a final decision.

Sources also said that there are going to be two deputy chief ministers.

After the name of CM is announced, he is likely to meet the Governor later in the day.

The Congress has been holding several meets since Saturday after Captain Amarinder Singh resigned as the chief minister of Punjab. Sources said central leaders were also discussing ways to pacify the outgoing chief minister.

Since Ambika Soni hails from Punjab, the party leadership wanted her to become the Chief Minister till elections are held.


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