Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi and Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu during an election campaign meeting in Jalandhar,on January 27, 2022.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi and Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu during an election campaign meeting in Jalandhar,on January 27, 2022.

Congress to announce CM face in Punjab after consulting party workers: Rahul Gandhi

Chandigarh, January 27, 2022

Indicating that the Congress will go into the Punjab polls with a CM face in place, party leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday categorically said that it will announce a chief ministerial candidate after consulting the party workers.

Both Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu have urged Rahul Gandhi to announce a CM face well ahead of the polls, instead of going with the collective leadership.

"Both (Channi and Sidhu) have assured me that they will help whoever is named as the CM face," said Gandhi, who kickstarted Congress' election campaign in Punjab on Thursday after paying obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

He also said that there should be a dedicated manifesto for the women of Punjab.

Flanked by Channi and Sidhu, Gandhi also paid obeisance at the Durgiana Mandir and Bhagwan Valmiki temple in Amritsar.

After partaking of "langar" with Sidhu and Channi at the Golden Temple, Gandhi held a meeting with the party candidates with the message "Navi Soch, Nava Punjab".

Later, the Congress leader started the campaign by addressing a virtual rally from Jalandhar.

The Congress has so far named 109 candidates for the 117-member Punjab Assembly that will go to the polls on February 20. The names of the remaining candidates are yet to be announced.

Counting of votes will be taken up on March 10.

IANS

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