The 58-year-old three-time legislator from Chamkaur Sahib meeting constituency in Rupnagar district had joined the Congress in 2012 and was holding the portfolios of Technical Training, Industrial Coaching, Employment Era and Tourism and Cultural Affairs within the outgoing Amarinder Singh-led cupboard.
With barely 5 months left for the meeting polls, the announcement of a Dalit face as chief minister by the Congress assumes significance as Dalits represent almost 32 % of the state’s inhabitants. The Doaba region – Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, SBS Nagar and Kapurthala districts – has the best inhabitants of Dalits.
The Shiromani Akali Dal, which has joined arms with the BSP, has already introduced that the deputy chief minister publish shall be given to a Dalit if it wins the assemby polls, whereas the Aam Admi Celebration too is sensing a victory as its rivals stay in disarray.
Although Channi seems to be a shock selection, it may be a calculated gamble by the get together which is hoping that there may not be public opposition from leaders within the faction-ridden get together to the naming of a Dalit for the publish and it might comprise the injury from the unsavoury exit of Amarinder Singh.
Channi together with three different ministers – Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa and Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria – and a bit of MLAs had final month raised a banner of revolt in opposition to Amarinder Singh, saying they don’t have any religion in his capability to honour the unfulfilled guarantees.
He has been a vocal critic of the federal government on the problems associated to Dalits like illustration of Scheduled Caste in senior authorities posts.
His political journey started with being elected because the president of the Kharar municipal council in 2002. He first contested as an Impartial in 2007 and received from Chamkaur Sahib Meeting constituency.
He joined the Congress in 2012 and was once more elected as legislator from the identical seat.
Throughout his ministerial tenure, Channi was on the centre of a row after a girl IAS officer had accused him of sending an “inappropriate textual content” message in 2018.
Thereafter, the Punjab Girls Fee had taken suo motu cognisance of the matter and had sought the federal government’s stand.
At the moment, the then Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had requested Channi to tender an apology to the girl officer and had additionally stated he believed the matter had been “resolved” to her satisfaction.
However the problem once more got here to hang-out Channi in Might this 12 months when the ladies panel chief threatened to go on a starvation strike if the state authorities did not apprise her inside every week of its stand on an “inappropriate textual content” message problem.
However Sidhu’s camp had alleged that it was an try by Amarinder Singh to focus on his detractors.
In 2018, Channi once more courted controversy when he was purportedly caught on digicam flipping a coin to determine between two candidates for the publish of lecturer in a polytechnic institute, leaving the Amarinder Singh authorities red-faced.
A lecturer from Nabha and one other from Patiala had each wished to be posted at a authorities polytechnic institute in Patiala.
Channi had as soon as received a highway constructed outdoors his official residence to have east-facing entry to his home and it was later razed by the Chandigarh administration.
He was the chief of opposition within the Punjab Meeting through the earlier SAD-BJP regime.