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Charanjit Singh Channi Biography – All about the New Chief Minister of Punjab

Charanjit Singh Channi 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.

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Full Name: Charanjit Singh Channi
Date of Birth: 1 March 1963
Age: 58 Years
Birthplace: Village of Makrona Kalan, Punjab, India
Profession: Politician
Wife: Kamaljit Kaur
Charanjit Singh Channi Biography
Charanjit Singh Channi Biography

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.

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Charanjit Singh Channi Biography
Chief Minister of Punjab
Assuming office
20 September 2021
Governor Banwarilal Purohit
Succeeding Amarinder Singh
Cabinet Minister, Government of Punjab
Incumbent
Assumed office
16 March 2017
Member of the Legislative Assembly, Punjab
Incumbent
Assumed office
2007
Preceded by Satwant Kaur
Constituency Chamkaur Sahib
Leader of opposition in Punjab assembly
In-office
11 December 2015 – 11 November 2016
Preceded by Sunil Kumar Jakhar
Succeeded by Harvinder Singh Phoolka
Personal Details
Born 1 March 1963 (age 58)
Chamkaur Sahib, Punjab, India
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Kamaljit Kaur
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.

Political career

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.

Charanjit_Singh_Channi as a CM of Punjab
Charanjit_Singh_Channi as a CM of Punjab

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Controversies

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.

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