|Full Name:||Charanjit Singh Channi|
|Date of Birth:||1 March 1963|
|Birthplace:||Village of Makrona Kalan, Punjab, India|
Charanjit Singh Channi (born 1 March 1963) is an Indian politician and the Chief Minister of Punjab. He is a member of the Indian National Congress. He was previously Minister of Technical Education and Training under Amarinder Singh and leader of the opposition in the Punjab Legislative Assembly.
Charanjit Singh Channi Biography
|Chief Minister of Punjab|
20 September 2021
|Cabinet Minister, Government of Punjab|
16 March 2017
|Member of the Legislative Assembly, Punjab|
|Preceded by||Satwant Kaur|
|Leader of opposition in Punjab assembly|
11 December 2015 – 11 November 2016
|Preceded by||Sunil Kumar Jakhar|
|Succeeded by||Harvinder Singh Phoolka|
|Born||1 March 1963
Chamkaur Sahib, Punjab, India
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Children||Navjit Singh, Rhythmjit Singh|
|Residence||Kharar, SAS Nagar, Mohali|
|Education||B.A, L.L.B, and MBA|
Early life, education, and personal life
Channi is a member of the Dalit community. He was born in the village of Makrona Kalan. He read law at Panjab University and has an MBA from PTU Jalandhar.
He is married and has two children.
Channi was a leader of opposition in the Punjab Legislative Assembly from 2015 to 2016. In 2017, he was appointed Minister of Technical Education and Industrial Training in the second Amarinder Singh ministry.
In September 2021, he succeeded Captain Amarinder Singh as Chief Minister of Punjab after the latter’s resignation. He is the first Dalit Sikh Chief Minister of Punjab.
In 2018 a video showed Channi flipping a coin to choose between two candidates to be lecturers. The BJP and Shiromani Akali Dal called on voters to remove him. The minister said that both candidates were equal and suggested the toss themselves.
Channi is alleged to have constructed an illegal road in an auspicious layout on the advice of his astrologer, which was demolished by the Chandigarh authorities. He also is reported to have followed the advice of his astrologer and ridden an elephant at his home.
Sukhpal Khaira of the Aam Aadmi Party accused Channi and his nephew of involvement in illegal mining. Channi responded that the images cited were from public functions and that his family has no involvement in mining.
As the minister of technical education, Channi was accused of recommending the transfer of an Indian Administrative Service officer “whom he didn’t like”. In another case, he was accused of sending obscene messages to a female IAS officer, Kavita Singh.