“Charanjit Singh Channi – a Dalit Sikh and the outgoing Technical Education Minister, became Punjab’s new Chief Minister on Sunday, three days after Amarinder Singh resigned, triggering high drama in the state. News of Mr Channi’s appointment came as something of a surprise after sources, just a few hours earlier, appeared to confirm that another outgoing minister – Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa – would be named to the top post With Channi, Punjab which is home to 32% of the Dalit population in the state, got its first Dalit Sikh Chief Minister. Charanjit Singh Channi addressed his first press conference after being sworn in as Punjab Chief Minister on Monday. In the press conference, Channi thanked the Congress high command for giving a chance to a common man like him. It became very clear through his press conference that the Congress party wanted to cash on the image of Charanjeet Channi as a common man.
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