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Tuesday, 30 November 2021 4.50 AM IST

Charanjit Singh Channi takes oath as Punjab CM, first dalit to hold post in state

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CHANDIGARH: Congress leader Charanjit Singh Channi was on Monday sworn in as the chief minister of Punjab. He is the first Dalit to hold this post in the state. Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit administered oath to Channi at a ceremony held at the Raj Bhawan here.

Channi took oath in Punjabi.


The Congress on Sunday picked Channi as chief minister of Punjab after Amarinder Singh resigned from the post.

Prominent among those who were present at the oath-taking ceremony were Rahul Gandhi and Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.


Amarinder Singh, who resigned as chief minister two days back, was conspicuous by his absence.


Channi becomes chief minister with less than six months to go before the assembly polls in Punjab.


Amarinder Singh was nudged into quitting ostensibly over his failure to fulfil the promises made by the party in the 2017 assembly polls. It is not clear if the new chief minister will be able to accomplish the task in the time available to him, observers say.


But his appointment will allow the party to play the Dalit card in the coming elections. An estimated 30 per cent of the state's population, counting both Sikhs and Hindus, is from that community.

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