CM face: Party pressure, AAP forced Rahul hand
The Times of India Hyderabad|January 29, 2022
New Delhi: Congress MP Rahul Gandhi’s surprise announcement that the party will declare its chief ministerial candidate for Punjab flows from unceasing pressure from party workers that they need to have clarity on the leadership issue to seek votes when its key rival AAP has gone ahead with projecting its future leader.

Although Congress has an old policy of not projecting a CM, the party has made exceptions in the past with Rahul announcing Amarinder Singh as the future CM in 2012 Punjab polls, which the party ended up losing.

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