Charanjit Singh Channi: News

Born on March 1, 1963, Charanjit Singh Channi is a member of the Indian National Congress and Chief Minister of Punjab as of 2021. Channi had also served as Minister of Technical Education in the Cabinet of Captain Amarinder Singh (retd.). Channi hails from the village of Makrona Kalan and belongs to Ramdasia Sikh Community. Channi, who completed BA-LLB from Panjab University and MBA from PTU Jalandhar, is married to Kamaljit Kaur and is the father of two children, Navjit Singh and Rhythmjit Singh. Channi’s father hailed from an extremely poor family and went to Malaysia as a young kid. Channi’s father worked hard and returned to India after earning enough to start a tent house business with his son. In later years, his father also served as a Sarpanch in his native village. The 16th Chief Minister of Punjab, Channi, who completed his primary education in a local government school in his village, also became skilled at Bhangra and Handball. The minister is widely known for holding various degrees and has made his love for studies well-known.

11 Apr 2023


Punjab: Ex-CM Charanjit Singh Channi summoned in disproportionate assets case

Punjab's Vigilance Bureau has summoned former Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Wednesday for questioning in a disproportionate assets case.

19 May 2022


Days after quitting Congress, Sunil Jakhar joins BJP: Details here

In another blow to the Congress, former Punjab Congress President Sunil Jakhar on Thursday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of party national president JP Nadda in Delhi.

22 Apr 2022


Punjab: Agricultural bank issues arrest warrants against loan defaulting farmers

Punjab State Cooperative Agricultural Development Bank (PSCADB) has reportedly served arrest warrants to approximately 2,000 farmers who defaulted on their loans.

10 Mar 2022


Punjab assembly elections live: Charanjit Channi loses from both seats

In a major setback to Congress, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi has lost the assembly election from both seats he contested from.

19 Feb 2022


Punjab CM Channi, singer Moosewala booked for violating poll code

The Punjab Police has lodged a case against the state's Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Congress candidate Sidhu Moosewala—also a popular Punjabi singer—for violating the model code of conduct in Mansa district on Friday.

18 Feb 2022

Arvind Kejriwal

'World's sweetest terrorist': Arvind Kejriwal reacts to separatist allegation

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday hit back at his political rivals for accusing him of supporting separatism in Punjab.

17 Feb 2022

Narendra Modi

'Maalik was clapping': Modi on Channi's 'UP, Bihar bhaiyas' remark

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hit out at Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi over his remark that he won't let "UP, Bihar Ke Bhaiyas" enter the state.

16 Feb 2022

Arvind Kejriwal

Channi's 'UP, Bihar bhaiyas' remark strikes controversy; Opposition slams Priyanka

Congress has landed into another controversy after Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said he won't let "UP, Bihar Ke Bhaiya" enter the state.

11 Feb 2022


Before Punjab elections, Channi's nephew sent to 14-day judicial custody

A court in Punjab on Friday sent Bhupinder Singh "Honey" to judicial custody for 14 days in a case of illegal sand mining.

06 Feb 2022


Charanjit Singh Channi to be Congress' CM face in Punjab

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday declared Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi as the party's CM face for the upcoming Punjab Assembly elections.

06 Feb 2022


Will abide by Rahul's decision: Sidhu on Punjab CM face

Ahead of Congress' chief ministerial face announcement in Punjab, state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu said everyone would abide by the party leader Rahul Gandhi's decision.

02 Feb 2022


Channi had support from 2 MLAs to become CM: Jakhar

Sunil Jakhar, the former chief of Congress' Punjab unit, has made sensational claims about the party's selection of Chief Minister after Captain Amarinder Singh's exit last year.

28 Jan 2022

Rahul Gandhi

Congress to announce CM face in Punjab soon: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said the party will soon name a Chief Minister candidate in poll-bound Punjab, adding the decision will be taken by the party workers.

18 Jan 2022


Punjab CM's relative under ED scanner in sand mining case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) raided various locations in Punjab on Tuesday as part of a money-laundering investigation against illegal sand mining operations.

18 Jan 2022

Navjot Singh Sidhu

Congress hints at Charanjit Singh Channi as Punjab CM face

On Monday, the Indian National Congress tweeted a video that projected Charanjit Singh Channi as the party's chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming Punjab polls.

17 Jan 2022


Punjab elections postponed to February 20 after leaders' appeal

The Election Commission of India on Monday said the upcoming Assembly elections in Punjab have been postponed by six days.

16 Jan 2022


Punjab CM's brother to contest independently after Congress denies ticket

Manohar Singh, the brother of Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, will be contesting the upcoming state elections as an independent candidate.

10 Jan 2022

Narendra Modi

Was worried about Modi, contacted Punjab CM: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has revealed that she had contacted Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi because she was "worried" about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's security breach.

06 Jan 2022

Narendra Modi

President expresses concern over Modi's security breach; CCS interferes

President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday voiced his displeasure at an alleged breach of security during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Punjab.

04 Jan 2022


Punjab imposes night curfew; 50% capacity at restaurants, schools shut

Punjab on Tuesday implemented a night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am as COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country.

24 Dec 2021


Kapurthala lynching: CM says no sacrilege; Gurdwara caretaker arrested

There is no evidence of sacrilege in the case involving the mob lynching of a man in Kapurthala, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said on Friday.

23 Dec 2021


Ludhiana court blast leaves 2 dead, 4 injured; probe on

At least two people have died and four seriously injured in a blast inside the district court complex in Punjab's Ludhiana on Thursday.

19 Dec 2021


Man accused of 'sacrilege' beaten to death at Golden Temple

A young man was beaten to death by a mob over alleged sacrilege at the Golden Temple in Amritsar Saturday evening.

03 Dec 2021


Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala joins Congress ahead of polls

Sidhu Moosewala, a popular Punjabi singer, on Friday joined the Congress party in Chandigarh.

09 Nov 2021


In win for Sidhu, Punjab CM Channi accepts Advocate-General's resignation

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi has accepted APS Deol's resignation as the state's Advocate-General after much drama on the issue.

05 Nov 2021


'Will return as Punjab Congress chief when…' Sidhu withdraws resignation

Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday withdrew his resignation from the post of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief.

01 Nov 2021


Punjab Advocate-General APS Deol quits after row over his appointment

Punjab's Advocate-General APS Deol resigned on Monday barely one month after his appointment to the post.

14 Oct 2021


Police officer flags security loopholes at Punjab CM's son's wedding

A senior police officer pointed out several security loopholes at the wedding function of Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi's son on Sunday.

14 Oct 2021


Channi says extension of BSF's jurisdiction an 'attack on federalism'

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Thursday hit out at the Centre over the extension of the Border Security Force's (BSF) jurisdiction in border states, including Punjab.

14 Oct 2021


Navjot Singh Sidhu to meet Congress leaders in Delhi today

Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu will visit Delhi today to meet party general secretary KC Venugopal and Congress's Punjab affairs in-charge Harish Rawat.

30 Sep 2021


Sidhu 'will remain Punjab Congress chief'; to meet CM today

Days after stepping down as the Punjab Congress chief, Navjot Singh Sidhu may withdraw his resignation, his adviser Mohammad Mustafa has indicated.

29 Sep 2021


Sidhu releases video, defends 'sudden resignation' as Punjab Congress chief

A day after stepping down as the Punjab Congress chief, Navjot Singh Sidhu broke his silence over his dramatic resignation through a video message on Twitter.

28 Sep 2021


Punjab CM Channi allocates ministerial portfolios: Here's who gets what

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi allocated portfolios to his ministers on Tuesday.

28 Sep 2021


Navjot Singh Sidhu quits as Punjab Congress chief

Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday resigned as the chief of Punjab Congress, merely two months after taking charge of the top job.

27 Sep 2021


Punjab CM surprises newly-married couple, stops vehicle to wish them

A newly-married couple was in for a pleasant surprise when Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Sunday stopped his vehicle to wish them.

25 Sep 2021


Punjab CM meets Rahul Gandhi in Delhi, discusses Cabinet formation

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi met Rahul Gandhi in Delhi on Friday night and is learned to have discussed the new Cabinet formation in the state, sources said.

21 Sep 2021


Channi, Deputy CMs, Sidhu in Delhi to discuss Cabinet expansion

The newly-elected Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, his two deputies, and state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu took a chartered flight to Delhi on Tuesday to discuss the expansion of the new Cabinet with the party's central leadership, sources said.

13 Feb 2018


In Congress's Punjab, coin toss decides teachers' postings

In a shocking incident, Punjab's technical education minister Charanjit Singh Channi took to tossing a coin to decide on the right candidate, when two teachers were vying for the same post in a polytechnic institute.