Charanjit Channi sworn in as Punjab CM; Randhawa and OP Soni new Deputy CMs of Punjab

Charanjit Singh Channi sworn in as  16th Chief Minister of Punjab on Monday Punjab’s Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh,  swapping Captain Amarinder Singh who resigned on Saturday after extensive political tussle with Party’s state President Navjot Singh Siddhu.

Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and OP Soni were sworn in as the Deputy Chief Ministers of Punjab. Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit administers the oath ceremony.

According to Congress MLA Kuldeep Singh Vaid, Channi will meet Captain Amarinder Singh in the afternoon.

Three time MLA from Chamkaur Sahib Constituency has quickly rises through the ranks.

He was declared Chief Minister after dramatic talks and negotiations on Sunday. Earlier three names edged out of the race including Ambika Soni, Sunil Jakhar, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa.

Channi 58, a minister in the outgoing Amarinder Singh cabinet, is known to be close to Navjot Singh Siddhu.

Channi was born in Punjab’s Bhajauli village near Kurali in 1963. His family was settled in Malaysia where his father worked, but they returned to India in 1955 and settled in Kharar town of SAS Nagar district of Punjab.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates Charanjit Channi on being sworn in as Punjab’s CM.