Today Punjab got its first Dalit Chief Minister with Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi nominated as Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader.
51 year old replaced Amarinder Singh, who had stepped down as CM on Saturday. A legislator from Chamkaur Sahib, Channi has been a CLP member and Leader of Opposition in the earlier SAD-BJP government in the state.
Channi was always vocal about raising the Dalit issues in the state and had recently rebelled against Amarinder. He is considered close to AICC leader Rahul Gandhi and became the choice of the Congress high command.