Sidhu as Punjab Chief Minister? Discussion of instability in Congress
Capt Amarinder Singh, a senior Congress leader, resigned as Punjab chief minister on Saturday, saying he felt humiliated. His resignation marks the end of a chapter of differences in the Punjab Congress, but there is talk of a new chapter of uncertainty for the party as elections are to be held there in four months.
The names of Sunil Jakhar, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Pratap Singh Bajwa along with State President Navjyortansag Sidhu are being discussed for the Chief Minister’s post; But Congress MLAs on Saturday gave the right to elect the leader of the Punjab Congress Legislative Party to party president Sonia Gandhi.
Amarinder Singh, one of the most powerful regional leaders of the Congress, tendered his resignation to the governor after discussions with party president Sonia Gandhi and before an important meeting of the Congress legislature party. “This is my Punjab. I did everything possible for my kingdom. I have been in politics for the last 52 years and will continue to do so. I have resigned; But options never run out in politics, “Amarinder told reporters.
Amarinder handed over his resignation along with his cabinet to Governor Banwarilal Purohit after 4.30 pm. The governor has accepted the resignation and instructed Amarinder and his cabinet to resume regular office work till an alternative arrangement is made. Amarinder’s resignation is just one line.
Amarinder is credited with pulling the Shiromani Akali Dal out of power and shattering AAP’s hopes of coming to power and bringing the Congress back to power in the Churshi elections. “This is the third time the party has called for MLAs. You have doubts about me. Therefore, I feel humiliated, “Amarinder Singh told reporters outside the Punjab Raj Bhavan after submitting his resignation to Governor Banwarilal Purohit.
More than 50 Congress MLAs had written letters to Sonia Gandhi demanding removal of Amarinder from the post of Chief Minister. This rekindled the months-long feud between former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu and Amarinder, who was recently appointed state president against Amarinder’s wishes. The Congress has 80 MLAs in the 117-member Punjab Assembly.
Asked about his future course of action, Amarinder said, “When it comes to my future politics, there is always an alternative and I will use it when the time comes.” I am in the Congress party. I will discuss with my supporters and decide the direction of the next course in politics. “The party will give the chief ministership to whoever it trusts,” he said.
‘Opposition to Sidhu’
“If Navjyot Singh Sidhu is nominated for the Chief Minister’s post, I will strongly oppose him,” he said. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is a friend of Sidhu. Sidhu also has ties to Pakistan’s army chief General Kamar Javed Bajwa. “I will oppose his name in the interest of the country, as it is a matter of national security,” he said.
Meanwhile, a second resolution was unanimously passed at the meeting praising and thanking Amarinder for his contribution to Punjab and the Congress, Union Inspector Ajay Maken told reporters after the Congress Legislative Party meeting. Maken said, “We hope that Amarinder Singh’s party will continue to receive guidance.”
Sonia has the right to choose the party leader
Following the resignation of Amarinder Singh, Congress MLAs in the state on Saturday gave the right to elect the leader of the Punjab Congress Legislative Party to party president Sonia Gandhi. Out of 80 MLAs of the party, 78 attended the meeting, Union Inspector Ajay Maken told reporters.
Decision due to Rahul, Priyanka’s insistence?
The role of Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra is said to be important behind the decision to change the Chief Minister of Punjab. Two of the Congress leaders over the decision to force Amarinder to resign
The group is said to have fallen. Now, after Punjab, the question is whether the Chief Ministers of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh will also change.
Navjyot Singh Sidhu is anti-national: Amarinder
After resigning as Chief Minister, Amarinder slammed state president Navjyot Singh Sidhu. Sidhu is anti-national, dangerous and catastrophic. I will never accept him as the Chief Minister. They do not deserve this position. “They are a threat to the country,” said Amarinder. I feel humiliated because the party does not trust me.
The party will give the chief ministership to whoever it trusts. In my case, the options in politics never end. – Amarinder Singh, Former Chief Minister, Punjab