Rajasthan minister replaces Rawat in Punjab

Kashmir Times. Dated: 10/3/2021 10:33:05 PM

NEW DELHI, Oct 2: Rajasthan revenue minister Harish Chaudhary (51) is understood to have been appointed the AICC in-charge of Punjab in place of AICC general secretary Harish Rawat (73), a former Uttarakhand chief minister, who sought to be relieved from the responsibility to concentrate on the Assembly elections due in his state in five months.

Chaudhary, also a former MP, has been active in Punjab over the years on behalf of the Congress and hence he is well-versed with the Punjab politics. He was also one of the observers appointed by the Congress High Command in Punjab, which saw Capt Amarinder Singh's resignation and the elevation of Charanjit Singh Channi, a Sikh Dalit, as the chief minister.

During the crisis created by the snap resignation of Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, Chaudhary played a key role as a peace-maker in bringing together the chief minister and Sidhu. He was also present in the two Punjab leaders' 2-hour long meeting in Chandigarh that resolved the differences, with formation of a coordination committee of the government and the organisation to give a say to Sidhu in all future decisions by the government.



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