Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 20
Hours after rivals BJP, Shiromani Akali Dal and BSP accused the Congress of appointing a Dalit CM in Punjab as a gimmick, the grand previous party got here out firmly in assist of Charanjit Singh Channi and mentioned it might struggle state elections underneath both the CM and state unit chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.
“Our face will be Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and PCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu as additionally unusual Congress employees and necessary leaders who will be supporting them. Let there be no misgivings about our Punjab CM. Mr Channi as CM will be the face of the Congress in Punjab elections and PCC chief will additionally be the Congress face,” Congress media head Randeep Surjewala mentioned at the moment, looking for to manage the harm completed by AICC basic secretary Punjab Harish Rawat’s remarks that the Punjab election would be fought underneath Sidhu.
The comment triggered political reactions with BJP, Mayawati and Akali Dal questioning Congress intentions behind naming a Dalit CM.
“This is only a political gimmick,” mentioned Mayawati whereas BJP’s Amit Malviya mentioned Channi was an evening watchman for cricketer Sidhu and would maintain the CM seat for Sidhu until latter takes cost.
Surjewala attacked the rival BJP asking why it had not nominated any Dalit CM in 12 odd states the place they rule with allies.
The Congress media chief additionally mentioned the appointment of a Dalit CM in Punjab was a historic step and would go a great distance in the political empowerment of deprived sections.
He hailed Channi for saying pro-people choices after taking oath at the moment and mentioned extra historic choices would observe.
Former Punjab congress chief Sunil Jakhar had questioned Rawat’s statements this morning.
Surjewala clarified later, “If anyone says one or the opposite will be face it’s being misinterpreted by media. Channi and Sidhu will both be faces,” Surjewala reiterated.