New Delhi: Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, the Punjab minister who is the frontrunner for the next Chief Minister, is a resident of Gurdaspur district in Majha region and is a three-time MLA – he won the assembly election in 2002, 2007 and 2017.
The 62-year-old Congress leader is currently serving as the Jails and Cooperation Minister and has been the vice president of the Punjab Congress unit and the party’s general secretary.
Mr Randhawa hails from a family of Congress leaders. His father, Santokh Singh, was twice state Congress chief and a well-known leader in Majha region.
“Captain is our senior. I have always treated him like my father and he has treated me like his son,” Mr Randhawa told media on Sunday, day after his Congress colleague Captain Amarinder Singh resigned from the top post.
Earlier this year, Mr Randhawa joined hands with Navjot Singh Sidhu, and had targeted his own government over alleged failure to fulfil the promises made in the run-up to the 2017 polls. Also, he has been vocal against Amarinder Singh in the recent ‘revolt’ led by Punjab Congress chief (PPCC) chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.