21092021-TTC-01.qxd 9/21/2021 1:02 AM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 141 NO. 261 | 16 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HARMANPREET TO MISS FIRST ODI AGAINST OZ SPORT /thetribunechd YUVRAJ’S NGO DONATES 50 BEDS TO HOSPITAL J&K PEST ATTACK: COTTON GROWERS PROTEST, SEEK RELIEF PUNJAB GHOSH REMOVED AS BENGAL BJP CHIEF BACK PAGE tuesday | 21 september 2021 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com New CM Channi promises thinner power bills, free water in election-bound Punjab Tribune News Service Channi, Sidhu both party’s poll face: Congress Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 20 The Congress on Monday said it would fight the 2022 Punjab elections under the leadership of both CM Charanjit Singh Channi and PPCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu even as rivals accused the party of appointing the state’s first Dalit CM as a “mere tokenism”. Hours after the BJP SAD, , BSP and AAP accused the Congress of paying lip service to the Dalit cause in the light of AICC general secretary Harish Rawat’s remark that elections would be fought under Sidhu, the party went into crisis management with media chief Randeep Surjewala saying Channi as CM would be the continued on page 11 Chandigarh, September 20 New Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, who is the first Dalit leader to head the state, today invoked his humble beginnings to connect with the aam aadmi in the run-up to the 2022 Assembly elections early next year. Eye on the vote bank, the new CM played his aam aadmi card, saying that the Congress had catapulted a common man like him from the underprivileged section of PM ASSURES ALL HELP Will continue to work with Punjab for betterment of people. NARENDRA MODI, PM ❝ society to the top post in Punjab. Earlier in the day, the 58year-old Channi was sworn in as the 16th Chief Minister of Punjab, along with his two deputies Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and OP Soni, both from Majha, by Governor Banwarilal Purohit. The swearing-in, held at Punjab Raj Bhavan here, was attended by former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Pun- Asks Centre to withdraw farm laws| Randhawa, Soni Deputy CMs (From left) Deputy CMs OP Soni, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit, CM Charanjit Singh Channi, PPCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and AICC general secretary Harish Rawat at the swearing-in at Chandigarh. TRIBUNE PHOTO jab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu among others. Capt Amarinder Singh, who resigned as Chief Minister two days back, was conspicuous by his absence. The ceremony brought in an element of surprise as the name of Brahm Mohindra as Deputy Chief Minister was replaced with OP Soni’s just one and a half hours before the oath-taking. The decision SWIPE AT AAP am aam aadmi… ❝ Iis the actual aam this aadmi sarkar...I am a representative of the common man, the farmer and anyone who is oppressed. CHARANJIT CHANNI, CM INSIDE MANPREET EMERGES STRONGER IN CONG CHURN LAST-MINUTE SWITCH BEARS SIDHU’S MARK KARTARPUR CORRIDOR ELEVATED RANDHAWA’S POLITICAL STATURE CM’S CONSTITUENCY CHAMKAUR SAHIB GETS ~50 CR FOR FACELIFT of the party leadership to replace Mohindra, a senior Hindu leader, with another Hindu face, reportedly came after an objection by Sidhu, said sources. In his first interaction with the media after taking over as Chief Minister, Channi, flanked by Sidhu and AICC Punjab affairs in-charge Harish Rawat, in an emotional speech, said “I am aam aad- mi… this is the actual aam aadmi sarkar”, taking a swipe at the Aam Aadmi Party. In the same breath, he asked the Centre to withdraw the three contentious farm laws, as he reiterated his government’s commitment to support the farmers against the central legislations. Getting down to business on Monday soon after the swearing-in, Channi gave a stern warning to mafia, especially those involved in sand mining, thus addressing one of the core issues in the five-point agenda handed out by the PPCC chief to Capt Amarinder Singh government. The other issues include action on the 2015 desecration of Guru Granth Sahib and the police firing on protesters, arrest of the big fish in drug rackets, cancellation of power purchase agreements and rejection of the Centre’s new farm laws. “I am a representative of the common man, the farmer and anyone who is oppressed. I am not a representative of the rich. Those who are into sand mining and other illegal activities, shouldn’t come to me. continued on page 11 edit: congress’ dalit card CABINET MULLS... ■ Pro-poor initiatives from October 2 to mark the birth anniv of Mahatma Gandhi ■ Construction of 32,000 EWS houses on priority; payment in instalments ■ Mining of sand by landowners to be allowed to abolish the contract system ■ Proposal in next Cabinet meet on raising free power units from 200 to 300 ■ To waive electricity dues of tubewells; free water supply in rural areas ■ Proposal to cut domestic water and sewerage tariff in urban areas WHY CASTE FACTOR NOW, ASKS JAKHAR PCC ex-chief Sunil Jakhar, in a veiled attack on those who scuttled the move to elect him as CM, said: “Why caste and religion were not considered when I was made the PCC chief?”
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