After Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and party chief Navjot Singh Sidhu urged Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to announce the Chief Ministerial face for the Punjab Assembly elections on Thursday, he said that decision will be taken by the party workers.
Addressing a virtual rally in Jalandhar, Rahul Gandhi said, “We have had a talk in the car that who will lead Punjab going forward. Media people call this the CM candidate. Both Channiji and Sidhuji told me that this is the most crucial question in front of Punjab that who will lead the Congress.” He further said that both Channi and Sidhu assured him that whoever be the CM face for Punjab, the other person will support him.
चन्नी जी, सिद्धू जी, पंजाब की जनता और कांग्रेस कार्यकर्ता चाहते हैं कि हम CM उम्मीदवार का नाम घोषित करें।
मेरा वादा है कि जल्द ही आप सभी की पसंद का एक नाम आपके सामने रखेंगे।
पंजाब के बाक़ी सभी नेता और मैं मिलकर नई सरकार को मज़बूत करेंगे।
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) January 27, 2022
“See, two people can’t lead. Only one will lead. Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi and State Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu assured me that whoever becomes the CM face, the other person will support him. I was listening to them. I was happy. We will ask Congress workers to decide Punjab Chief Ministerial candidate,” Rahul Gandhi said.
Amid apparent tension between Channi and Sidhu, they put up a show of camaraderie as Channi hugged Sidhu and said there is no fight between them. “People say there is a fight between us. Announce the Chief Minister face for Punjab polls and we will stand united, Rahul Gandhi Ji,” Charanjit Singh Channi said as Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was also present at the gathering.