Prime News, National (Chandigarh), September 20:- Charanjit Singh Channi, Punjab’s new Chief Minister, broke down on Monday as he thanked his Congress party leadership for choosing “an aam aadmi (common man)” for the top post. Addressing the media shortly after his oath, he announced the first of the party’s poll promises – a water bill waiver for the poor.
“I am the aam aadmi, sitting here while other parties keep talking about aam aadmi. This is the aam aadmi Sarkar. It has to take many decisions for Punjab,” Mr Channi said, flanked by Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and in-charge Harish Rawat.
“My father used to fix tents at others’ houses…,” he said, choking up, calling Rahul Gandhi a “revolutionary leader” for rallying behind him.
In his effusive thank-yous, Channi included his predecessor and frequent target Amarinder Singh, who resigned on Saturday accusing the Congress of humiliating him.
Channi is the first Dalit Sikh to become Chief Minister of Punjab. He has two deputies, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and Om Prakash Soni.
Rahul Gandhi attended the oath ceremony, owning his decision on Punjab amid criticism from several quarters. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).