Amarinder meets Rahul

Amarinder Singh, a former chief minister, has replaced Partap Singh Bajwa as party chief to lead the poll effort in Punjab. 

PTI| Updated: Nov 28, 2015, 23:43 PM IST

New Delhi: Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh met party vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday, a day after he was appointed to the post in view of assembly elections in the state in 2017.

Amarinder Singh, a former chief minister, has replaced Partap Singh Bajwa as party chief to lead the poll effort in the state. Congress leadership is optimistic about its prospects as it hopes that his appointment will help curb factionalism in the state unit.

The Lok Sabha member from Amritsar, he is also Congress deputy leader in the Lok Sabha.

He is likely to take over charge as state Congress chief at a public rally in Bhatinda.

Apart from Amarinder Singh, Congress on Fiday also announced former union minister Ambika Soni as chairperson of the campaign committee for the assembly polls.