Mayawati on Congress:
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati has targeted the Congress party after they made a Dalit CM in Punjab. Mayawati alleged that Congress does not have faith in Dalits. Making Dalit CM is an election tactic of Congress. The BSP said that the Depressed Classes should beware of the Congress.
Mayawati said that "The appointment of Charanjit Singh Channi as the Chief Minister of Punjab for some time is an election gimmick of the Congress. The upcoming Punjab elections will not be fought under his leadership but under the leadership of non-Dalits. It is clear from this that Congress has not yet trusted the Dalits.”
It must be noted that in Punjab, senior Congress leader Charanjit Singh Channi took oath as the Chief Minister on Monday. Channi is the first person from the Dalit community to become the Chief Minister of Punjab. Apart from him, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and Om Prakash Soni also took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab. Randhawa was the Cabinet Minister in the Amarinder government. He is an MLA from Dera Baba Nanak Assembly Constituency of Gurdaspur. However, Randhawa had said that he had never longed for any position.
While Charanjit Singh Channi hails from the Dalit Sikh (Ramdasiya Sikh) community and was the Minister of Technical Education in the Amarinder government. He is an MLA from the Chamkaur Sahib assembly constituency in the Rupnagar district. He became an MLA from this region for the first time in the year 2007 and after that, he registered consecutive victories. He was also the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly in 2015-16 during the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance regime.