The name of Punjab’s new chief minister is likely to be announced after a Congress Legislative Party meeting that will begin at 11 am on Sunday, according to party sources.
As per sources, the names of two deputy chief ministers may also be announced after the CLP meeting on Sunday. The swearing-in ceremony is likely to take place on Monday.
At the CLP meet that took place on Saturday evening, Punjab Congress MLAs had unanimously passed a resolution requesting party president Sonia Gandhi to pick the next chief minister of the state.
On Saturday night, a meeting was held at Rahul Gandhi’s residence in New Delhi. In a video, Congress General Secretary (Organisation) KC Venugopal and Ambika Soni could be seen leaving his home.
#WATCH | Delhi: Congress General Secretary (Organisation) KC Venugopal and Rajya Sabha MP from Punjab, Ambika Soni leave from the residence of Rahul Gandhi after a crucial meeting following the resignation of Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh pic.twitter.com/hilgRjzrQh
WHO ARE THE FRONTRUNNERS?
As per sources, the frontrunners for the position of Punjab chief minister are former Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar, current state unit president Navjot Singh Sidhu and Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa.
Other names doing the rounds include senior party leaders Ambika Soni, Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Brahm Mohindra, Vijay Inder Singla, Punjab Congress working president Kuljit Singh Nagra and MP Partap Singh Bajwa.
WHAT ABOUT DEPUTY CM?
For the post of deputy chief minister, one name doing the rounds is that of senior Congress MLA Raj Kumar Verka, who will represent the Dalit community.
India Today’s reporter spoke to Raj Kumar Verka, who said he is not yet aware of any such development.