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File photo of Congress leader Sunil Jakhar | Source: @SunilJakhar

Sunil Jakhar, Punjab leader from political dynasty that ‘doesn’t come up in everyday conversation’

Congress' Sunil Jakhar, 67, emerged as a dark horse as CM candidate when Amarinder Singh resigned. Had he made the cut, Jakhar would've been Punjab's first Hindu CM since state reorganisation in 1966.

Who are Dalit Sikhs? New Punjab CM Channi’s caste is just one among a complex hierarchy

Caste discourse around Charanjit Channi’s elevation has surprised many, especially as Sikhism espouses equality. But Sikhs have caste hierarchy similar to Hindus.
Former Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar | File photo: ANI

Was never in CM race, but refused deputy CM chair: Punjab Congress ex-chief Sunil Jakhar

Former MP Sunil Jakhar says Congress needs unity, in the wake of Captain Amarinder Singh’s resignation as CM and the battle that led to Charanjit Channi’s appointment.

Sidhu & Channi will both be face of Congress in 2022 polls, party clarifies after controversy

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala describes Channi's appointment as Punjab CM as historic, and lashes out at BJP & BSP for calling the decision an election stunt.
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By declaring both Sidhu and Channi as election face, Congress undoing its own smart politics

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Newly sworn-in Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi appeals Centre to repeal ‘black’ farm laws

Channi said his party stands firmly behind farmers agitating against the laws, and he will become the voice of the common people of Punjab and will always remain accessible to them.

PM Modi congratulates new CM Charanjit Channi, says will continue to work with Punjab govt

Congress leader Channi was sworn in as the 16th chief minister of Punjab, making him the first Dalit to hold the top post in the state.
File photo of Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu | PTI

Congress got the messaging right in Punjab but the Gandhis and Sidhu can’t celebrate yet

If Channi succeeds in doing what Amarinder couldn’t do in over four years, it would be difficult for the Gandhis to boot him out. That will trouble Sidhu.
File photo of Charanjit Singh Channi | Facebook/mlachanni

Picking Channi as Punjab CM has restored political canniness back into Congress game

Punjab has been a weathervane of Indian democracy. Congress CM drama over weekend shows good old-fashioned politics is back.
Rajya Sabha MP and senior Congress leader Ambika Soni | File photo: ANI/RSTV

Congress veteran Ambika Soni declines Punjab CM’s post, says only a Sikh should hold it

Ambika Soni had emerged as one of the frontrunners for CM chair after Captain Amarinder Singh resigned, but in a Saturday meeting with Rahul Gandhi, she refused the role.

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Sony India signs deal to buy Zee Entertainment, will own 53% of merged entity

Move came after Zee shareholders sought removal of key officials. However, Zee CEO Punit Goenka, whose removal was sought, will lead the merged entity.

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Air Marshal VR Chaudhari | Twitter/@PIB_India

Air Marshal VR Chaudhari appointed as next Chief of Air Staff

Air Marshal Chaudhari, presently serving as Vice Chief of the Air Staff, will take charge after the retirement of Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria on 30 Sept, the defence ministry said.

Modi at 71 has zero challenge. But one CM is emulating him, a divisive, rising BJP star

Yogi has put high command in a tough situation. If he doesn’t win UP next year, it will set back BJP’s prospects in 2024. If he wins, it will be seen as his win as much as theirs.
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