Congressional CM pick Charanjit Channi is on trial in a 3-year MeToo case, Amit Malviya tweeted.
PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 19, 2021 10:24 PM
The BJP on Sunday wiped Congress over its election of Punjab’s Prime Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, citing alleged allegations that he sent an inappropriate text to an IAS official in 2018.
BJP boss Amit Malviya, the head of the IT department, tweeted: âThe CM pick of the congress, Charanjit Channi, is going to trial in a 3-year MeToo case. He allegedly sent inappropriate text to an IAS officer in 2018, but the case re-emerged when the Punjab Women’s Commission sent a notice. Well done Rahul. “
The issue surfaced again in May this year when the chairwoman of the Punjab Women’s Council threatened a hunger strike if the state government did not notify her within a week of responding to the “inappropriate text message” allegedly sent by Channi, which was then a minister in the government of Amarinder Singh.
Punjab Women’s Commission chairman Manisha Gulati said she had written to the chief secretary to get the report on the government’s actions.
Malviya also published a story reported in May this year which said that rivals of outgoing Prime Minister Amarinder Singh within the party accused him of “hunting” them with old cases.
In another tweet, the BJP leader said: “In the past few days, Congress in Rajasthan has passed a bill to register child marriages, give it legitimacy and deprive young girls of their adolescent years, and has now raised a MeToo that as CM is accused of Punjab. Let’s wait for Rahul Gandhi to preach on empowering women. “
Following the 2018 accusation against Channi, the Punjab Women Commission suo motu took note of the matter and obtained the government’s position at that time.
At the time, Punjab Prime Minister Amarinder Singh asked Channi to apologize to the officer and said he believed the matter was “resolved” to her satisfaction.
Channi was elected chairman of the Congress Legislature Party in Punjab on Sunday and will become the next prime minister, succeeding Amarinder Singh, who resigned a day ago after a bitter power struggle in the unity of the state.