Cong Twitter handle posts video projecting Channi as CM face in Punjab
The Indian Express Delhi|January 18, 2022
AMID A bitter power struggle between Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and state Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu, the Congress on Monday put out a video on its official Twitter handle virtually projecting Channi as its chief minister face.
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The move also comes a day before the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which is seen as the Congress's main challenger in the state, is set to announce its chief ministerial candidate.

Sources in the Congress said the video was not put out "just like that" and argued it was part of a "calibrated” strategy.

The Congress, party sources said, believes Channi is its “best bet" in Punjab.

“Nothing happens on its own," a senior leader told The Indian Express.

Sources said the party was for now projecting Channi as the leader. “That is the reason the official handle of the Congress tweeted the video. Channi is popular in the surveys. He has

transitioned as a political leader ever since he took over as CM,” a senior party leader told The Indian Express.

Another leader said the Congress cannot, as of now, announce Channi as the CM face given the CM aspirants in Goa and Uttarakhand. "Harish Rawat wants the party to announce him as the CM face and Digambar Kamat too is eager. So, we cannot project Channi officially but the signals are clear. He is our best bet and if the party returns to power, it will be largely because of him," the leader said.

In 2017, in a rare move, the party had announced Amarinder Singh as its chief ministerial face, but barely a week before voting.

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