Chandigarh, 20/9: After the surprise announcement of the name of Charanjit Singh Channi, a Dalit leader, for the Chief Minister’s post in Punjab, the Congress looks at the larger aim of Uttrakhand and Uttar Pradesh which are also going to polls early next year.
Rahul Gandhi, after the announcement of the new Chief Minister’s name, congratulated Channi, saying: “Congratulations to Shri Charanjit Singh Channi Ji for the new responsibility. We must continue to fulfill the promises made to the people of Punjab. Their trust is of paramount importance.”
Channi, who was also a bitter critic of outgoing Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, has been appointed to tap not only around 32 per cent Dalit votes in the state but also in neighbouring Uttarakhand and UP which go to polls early next year along with Punjab.