A ‘turbaned Dalit’, Channi ticked all boxes for Cong
NEW DELHI: When the names of Sunil Jakhar, Ambika Soni, Sukhder Randhawa were being discussed as possible replacements for Amarinder Singh, they represented po itically important social groups like non-Sikh, Punjabi Hindu and Jatt Sikh communities to bnce the high profile state unit chief Navjot Sidhu who is a Jatt Sikh.
It was during the calculations on the pros and cons of these constituencies that the leadership threw a hitherto po itically ignored group in the mix to expand the social basket. "Find a turbaned dalit" was the crisp demand.
The choices by late Saturday zeroed on either Jakhar or a "dalit" or mazhabi Sikh.
And Charanjit Channi crossed the tape. Sources said only he was found in the reckoning, qualifying on the important criteria like member of the leadership group - a former leader of opposition, senior minister and also Amarinder critic.
Sources said the final decision to pick Channi was of Rahul Gandhi, who has long been expressing views in favour of a dalit CM. It also had the obvious po itical calculation of wng over the sprawling and expectant social group in Punjab, and undercutting attempts by Akali Dal, AAP and BJP on this front, while also positioning the Congress to tap its goodwill in the rest of the country.
Channi's name apparently moved forward during the discussions held by Rahul Gandhi with senior leader Ambika Soni and the central observers stationed in Chandigarh who were also seeking the views of the MLAs.
Having two Jatt Sikhs in the key positions of state unit chief and the CM's chair was seen to skew the po itical equation going into ions - a briefly held combine when Sidhu became the PCC chief recently while Amarinder was the CM.
Dumb stupid sl ves of stupid Pappu and one family. Casteist, communal Cong . Crush them.
K Ritesh Bits
What is this nonsense....see this Jounlist, He directly diving our society..shame
I thought there was no caste sy em in sikhism...
why can't we ban this Dalit word.... Dalits are not man made , they are also creation of God and calling any one Dalit is the insult of the creator
I strongly oppose the word dalit. Sikhs in my state never call them dalits.
Everyone including media like words like Dalit
why do they have to choose the candidate based on their caste, why not merit. being dalit has now become a privilege
Shame that such important decisions are taken basis which re gion and which caste one belongs to....
I am seeing here people were not ag inst Sikhs earlier but suddenly they are because they started rallies ag inst the Bjp due Farm laws...
Channi will end up being a scapegoat for Congress failures in the upcoming polls. Wait and watch the chaos that will prevail.
For congress, caste & re gion are the only criteria . No roles for Skills, honesty, hard work
It is really shocking to ne even after loot of India for seven decades by the Nehru Gandhi, Khan dynasty family, some people still ve for them.
N V Venkat
Rahul thinks Dalits are fools! Just because he nominated a YES man, a turbned Dalit, he thinks people of Punjab will get fooled? Congress going towards extinction in another state!! Pappu will have another failure to add in his CV, if he has one!!
Channi is an educated minister. He will take Punjab to new heights. No doubt Amarinder was better
A Big insult to Dalits that they will ve only on caste basis and Not on merit
I had no idea before this that Sikhs also have caste sy em.
Every , media and intellect even after 75 years of independence still consider only caste and re gion in any thing and every thing. And people are also ok in that. What a disaster
In what capacity did Mr Rahul Gandhi took this decision? He doesn't hold any leadership position in INC. This clearly indicates INC follows a dynasty, there is no de ratic process.
In congress ,high command means sonia,rahul and priyanka.all others are milling arround and aimlessly and have no ‘say’.will others be ever able to come out of the inferiority complex and break the shackles of psychological barriers of gandhi family? After this trio,perhaps vadra’s children will take over.
It shows how deep casteism is roed in po itics in India