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This is the first time in 24 years that Amarinder Singh has resigned; Became the first Chief Minister

Capt Amarinder Singh resigned as Punjab Chief Minister on the ground that he was insulting him by questioning his working methods. He became the first Chief Minister of Punjab after 1997 to not complete his five-year term. Meanwhile, Punjab saw Prakash Singh Badal and Capt Amarinder Singh each serving as chief ministers for two full terms.

A similar situation had arisen in Punjab in 1996. Prior to 1997, only Giani Zail Singh was able to complete his term as the Chief Minister of Punjab between 1972-75. The uprising erupted in Punjab in 1992, five years after the President’s rule was imposed on the backdrop of a revolt by Khalistan supporters. Congress leader Beant Singh became the Chief Minister. Due to his assassination in 1995, two Chief Ministers were sworn in in Punjab before the next Assembly elections in 1997.

After the success of her successor Harcharan Singh in 1996, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal became the first woman to become the Chief Minister of Punjab. Coincidentally, Bhattal was the Chief Minister of Punjab. From 1997, Badal served as the Chief Minister of Punjab for three full terms till 2017 and Capt. Amarinder Singh completed his term from 2002 to 2007.

Capt Amarinder Singh became the second Congress leader to complete his term as Punjab Chief Minister. He is the only Congress chief minister to win two assembly elections since the formation of Punjab in 1966. His second term as Punjab chief minister was cut short by six months after Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu revolted against Captain Amarinder Singh. Punjab will go to the polls in February next year.

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