Amarinder Singh, chief Minister of Punjab
Captain Amarinder Singh resigned as prime minister of the Punjab on Saturday amid ongoing political clashes with Navjot Singh Sidhu, who was recently appointed head of the Punjab congressional unit. The resignation comes less than five months before parliamentary elections in Punjab and less than an hour before a session of the Legislative Party (CLP) convened by the Indian National Congress.
The resignation was announced on Twitter by Rainder Singh, the president's son.
Amarinder Singh, 79, told a press conference at Raj Bhavan's gate that he felt humiliated.
“I called up Congress president (Sonia Gandhi) this morning and told her that I am going to resign. The thing is, this is happening for the third time that MLAs are being called for a meeting, my leadership is being questioned,” he said.
Singh said there are currently no plans to leave the Congress party. “but future politics is always an option”.He said the way forward would be determined after consulting with his supporters. Political analysts say the move would hurt Congress in future state polls.
In Chandigarh, meanwhile, the fragmented state entity's congressional meeting began as scheduled at 5 p.m. “CM @capt_amarinder has met Punjab governor and submitted his and his council of ministers’ resignation,”
CM media advisor Raveen Thukral tweeted on Saturday evening. Singh was accompanied by his wife, MP for Patiala, Preneet Kaur, and his son Rainder Singh. Representatives of Lok Sabha Gurjit Singh Aujla and Ravneet Singh Bittu were also present.
Singh, who said the 2017 battle, in which he was the last to lead nearly two-thirds of Congress, was desperate for another chance. Sidhu has never hidden his ambitions, however, and is presenting himself as a natural candidate for prime minister if the party remains in power in the polls next year.
The cricketer-turned-politician was named president on July 18, ignoring CM's opposition to his uprising.
The feud, fuelled by the competing ambitions of Singh and Sidhu, has divided state unity, especially ministers and lawmakers, and raised concerns among party officials about its impact on electoral prospects.
To make matters worse, the two leaders slipped into superiority and rarely missed the opportunity.
The legal battle with the Punjab government following the resignation of the Kotkapura police force in 2015 provided the Sidhu faction with additional ammunition against Singh.
The Congressional High Command, which included Secretary General Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and former President Rahul Gandhi, backed Sidhu and appointed him head of state, but not before heads of state released a group of three members. Central Committee.
Although the high command expects the situation to improve, it is not improving. Concerned, congressional leaders hastily called an LPC meeting today at the request of Singh's critics. Dissenting ministers and lawmakers near Sidhu met with Punjab secretary general Harish Rawat last month to call for Singh's impeachment and a PLC meeting.
The battle for party control first erupted in 2019 when Sidhu resigned as minister of state after his portfolio of local businesses was stolen.
He had switched sides from the BJP in Congress before the 2017 legislative elections.
The feuds lasted for months and died down somewhat after Sidhu's appointment as head of state, allaying Singh's objections. However, the fire was not completely extinguished and led to today's release.
Punjab will vote early next year.
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