Even because it gave get together president Sonia Gandhi all the facility to ‘take the ultimate resolution’, the Congress Legislature Get together (CLP) additionally handed one other decision on Saturday the place it thanked and praised the efforts of outgoing chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh. This regardless of the disgruntled ex-CM publicly venting towards the get together and Sonia about he felt ‘humilated and wronged’. LIVE Updates
Although the CLP was anticipated to deliberate and finalise the identify of the successor, it selected to depart the choice to Sonia. The get together leaders claimed that a call can be taken quickly.
Although just a few names are doing the rounds, the entrance runner for the put up appears to be former get together state president Sunil Jakhar who regardless of being a Hindu and a non-Sikh face is the doubtless consensus candidate. Senior get together leaders level out that he has been working carefully with the Captain for 4 years as get together president so is understood to all get together MLAs regardless of their variations. He has received elections from Gurdaspur earlier and can also be identified for touching the non secular chord, regularly quoting from the Guru Granth Sahib at public occasions.
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The opposite names doing the rounds embody Rajya Sabha MP and senior Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa, a foe-turned-friend of the previous CM. Bajwa has expressed his willingness to contest the forthcoming meeting elections and hopes that he can be the darkish horse within the race for the highest put up amid the continued rift between the previous CM and PPCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.
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Although there are questions over his election because the Sidhu camp believes he nurtures his personal political ambitions. Among the many MLAs identified to be within the Sidhu camp and who had raised the primary indicators of revolt towards Captain embody former Cupboard Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa who wouldn’t thoughts being the `caretaker’ CM thus conserving the Sidhu camp in energy until elections are declared.
With a substantial variety of voters belonging to the Hindu group, names like these of Raj Kumar Verka are additionally being thought-about as a potential contender, which might swimsuit the equation of getting a Jat face within the type of Sidhu and Hindu Chief Minister within the type of Verka.
Senior Congress chief Ajay Maken, who was one of many two central observers deputed by the get together, advised reporters that 78 of 80 get together MLAs have been current within the assembly and a call can be taken quickly.
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