Three-time Congress MLA Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa is likely to be the next chief minister of Punjab.
62-year-old Randhawa is an MLA from Baba Dera Nanak constituency of Gurdaspur district in Punjab’s Majha region.
In the outgone cabinet of Captain Amarinder Singh, he was the Minister for Prisons and Cooperation.
Following the resignation of Captain Amarinder Singh, the Congress high command reportedly planned to pick Sukhjinder Randhawa as a chief minister of Punjab.
As per reports, after taking feedback of MLAs through observers Ajay Makan, Harish Chaudhry and state in-charge Harish Rawat, the final decision was taken by Rahul Gandhi in a meeting at Delhi.
Randhawa has been the vice-president and general secretary of the state Congress.
His family has also been associated with Congress. His father, Santokh Singh, was a two-time state Congress president and a very famous figure in the Majha region.
As a CM after Partap Singh Kairon, Randhawa is the only next leader who becomes a Chief Minister after five decades, belong to the Majha region.
He belongs to Navjot Sidhu camp, was the pioneer to fire the revolt in Congress against Capt. Amrinder Singh.
The earlier CMs Gyani Jail Singh, Parkash Singh Badal, Surjit Singh Barnala, Harcharan Barar, Beant Singh, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and Capt. Amrinder Singh belongs to the Malwa region of the state.
After the meeting of the legislature party which lasted till late Saturday evening, the Congress Legislature Party meeting passed a resolution on Saturday urging party president Sonia Gandhi to decide on the next leader of the legislature party.