A day after Amarinder Singh's resignation, Charanjit Singh Channi has been named as the new Chief Minister of Punjab.
The appointment of Channi, the outgoing Technical Education Minister, comes after days of high voltage drama in the poll-bound State that was triggered by the resignation of Singh on Saturday.
Punjab Congress in-charge Harish Rawat on Sunday confirmed that Channi, a member of the Dalit community, has been unanimously elected as the Leader of the Congress Legislature Party of Punjab.
The newly-elected Punjab Chief Minister, Rawat and three other Congress leaders will visit Governor Banwarilal Purohit at 6:30 pm on Sunday.
The announcement of Channi's appointment came as a surprise as reports were doing the rounds that another outgoing minister - Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa - would be named to the top post.
It may be mentioned that Singh wrote a letter to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi hours before he resigned as Punjab chief minister on Saturday. In the letter, he stated that despite his "personal anguish" that forced him to take the decision, he hoped the best for Congress and Punjab.
Singh was facing dissidence in the party for months, fomented by Congress leader Navjot Sidhu, who was recently made the Punjab Congress chief.
The former Chief Minister said that he felt humiliated by the recent developments in the state party unit.