Breaking News Updates September 19, 2021: Charanjit Singh Channi has been unanimously elected as the new Punjab Chief Minister, Congress senior leader Harish Rawat announced on Twitter. Punjab Congress MLAs had authorised party president Sonia Gandhi to pick a new legislature party leader who will succeed Amarinder Singh as the chief minister of the state. This came after Amarinder Singh resigned as Punjab chief minister, saying he felt “humiliated” at the way the party handled the infighting in the state unit. Party sources said the name of the new leader is likely to be announced in a CLP meeting called at 11 am today.Also Read - After Amarinder Singh's Resignation, Congress Observers to Finalise New Punjab CM Today | Top Developments brings you all the latest updates and breaking news from India and the world. Stay tuned to get live updates on major news topics such as the rising number of fresh COVID-19 cases and dengue cases in India, along with the heavy monsoon rains that have been lashing several states.

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    ‘Mutual Feeling That There Should be 2 Deputy CMs’: Harish Rawat Drops Hints

    “Our mutual feeling is that there should be two deputy CMs. Soon we will take a call on it along with names for Council of Ministers…Some names have been discussed but it’s the CM’s prerogative who discusses it with party high command and takes a call,” says senior Congress leader Harish Rawat.

  • 9:29 PM IST

    ‘Our Brother is Hardworking’: Channi’s Sister on Him Being Elected as New Punjab CM

    “We are very happy and grateful to everyone for giving him this opportunity. Our brother is very hardworking, he will do well…” says Surinder Kaur, sister of newly appointed Punjab CM-designate Charanjit Singh Channi.

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    Meenakshi Lekhi on Amarinder Singh’s Resignation

    “Amarinder Singh was elected as Punjab CM by the public. But it’s Congress govt in Punjab, so whoever they wish to choose as CM they can…It’s matter of 4-6 months, public will choose its CM again,” Union Minister Meenakashi Lekhi on reports of Capt Amarinder Singh joining BJP

  • 8:39 PM IST

    metoo Shadow Looms Over Punjab CM-designate Moments After Election

    Punjab Chief Minister-designate Charanjit Singh Channi has been shadowed by the metoo movement, for a 3-year-old case where he was accused of sending indecent messages to a senior woman IAS officer.

    The alleged controversy came to light in October 2018 when Channi was the Technical Education Minister, and then Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had said the matter was brought to his notice and that it was “resolved” to the satisfaction of the woman officer concerned.

    At that time, the metoo movement was hogging the limelight across the country.

  • 7:58 PM IST

    Charanjit Singh Channi – The First Dalit Chief Minister of Punjab

    Channi’s election as the CLP leader came a day after Amarinder Singh resigned as the chief minister amid a bitter power tussle with Sidhu. He was flanked by state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and other leaders.

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    Charanjit Channi to be Sworn-in as Punjab Chief Minister Tomorrow at 11 AM

    “We have presented our stance, unanimously supported by party MLAs, before the Governor. Oath taking ceremony to take place at 11 am tomorrow,” says Punjab CM-designate Charanjit Singh Channi.