Congress leader Charanjit Singh Channi is slated to take oath as Punjab's 16th chief minister on Monday at 11am. The swearing-in ceremony will be held in Chandigarh.
Three-time MLA from Chamkaur Sahib Constituency and once a student leader, Channi has quickly risen through the ranks and believes his strength lies in his connect with the masses.
A Minister of Technical Educational and Industrial Training in the Punjab government, Channi was known to often drive his car himself, and pay the toll tax. So it came as no surprise today when he came to the Punjab Bhawan, riding pillion on a motorcycle driven by Sunil Jakhar, former PPCC chief.
Channi was an active participant in the revolt against the chief minister that gathered pace this April after the High Court quashed investigations into a case related to sacrilege.
Previously, Channi was the leader of opposition in the Punjab assembly from 2015 to 2016. He was made a minister in the Captain Amarinder Singh government in March 2017.
A strong believer in astrology, his friends say he even practices "weird" things to keep shining in politics. Days after joining the cabinet in 2017, Channi, on the advice of an astrologer to have an east-facing entry to his house, illegally constructed a road from a park outside his official residence in Sector 2, Chandigarh.
Meanwhile, Union minister Meenakshi Lekhi said on Sunday that it is a matter of 4-6 months and the people will choose its chief minister again. Amarinder Singh on Saturday stepped down from the post of Punjab chief minister following months of infighting between him and Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.
The resignation came less than an hour before the Congress held a legislature party (CLP) meeting.