Punjab CM Channi to contest from second seat of Bhadaur
New Delhi, January 30, 2022
Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi will contest from a second seat -- Bhadaur -- in the elections to the Punjab Legislative Assembly.
Channi, who is also contesting from Chamkaur Sahib, figures in the third list of candidates released by the Congress today.
Vishnu Sharma has been named candidate from Patiala which is the home turf of former chief minister Amarinder Singh.
The candidates are -- from Attari Tarsem Singh Sialka, Khem Karan - Sukhpal Singh Bhullar, Nawan Shahr - Satbir Singh Saini, Ludhiana South - Ishwarjot Singh Cheema, Jalalabad - Mohan Singh Phalianwala, Bhadaur (SC) - Charanjit Singh Channi, Barnala - Manish Bansal, Patiala - Vishnu Sharma.
The Congress is trying to sort out the issue of the CM face in the state and its 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.
At the same time, he said that there should be a dedicated manifesto for the women of Punjab.