Monday, 18 October 2021

Captain Amarinder, Punjab Chief Minister, resign from his post

Captain Amarinder, Punjab Chief Minister, resign from his post

Captain Amarinder, Punjab Chief Minister, on 18 September, submitted his resignation letter to Banwarilal Purohit, the Governor of Punjab. His exit comes a month before the elections in the state, with a majority of MLAs ruling Congress seeking his removal.

Raveen Thukral, media advisor to the Punjab CM said

"Captain Amarinder Singh CM has met Punjab Governor and submitted his and his council of ministers resignation,"

While addressing the press following his resignation, Singh said he has felt "humiliated" in a manner in which the party has controlled the political situation in Punjab, adding that he has decided to quit as "doubts were being raised on the authority."

"I have been humiliated for third time in the past few months," he said, referring to the two summons issued to him by the party high command in Delhi and the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting called today without consulting him.

"I am in the Congress party, will consult with my supporters and decide the future course of action,"

He said, while also noting that he is not involved in the appointment of the next chief minister.

"Whoever they (party high command) have faith in, can make them (Punjab CM),"

In Punjab, the intra-Congress crisis has been making over the past few months. Things took an intense turn after it was reported, citing sources, that the party leadership had asked Singh to resign and pave the way for the selection of a new CM.

Captain Amarinder Punjab Chief Minister resign from his post 1Twitter image : @capt_amarinder

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Sources also claimed that the Congress high command in Delhi decided a change of guard considering Singh's decline in popularity. Singh's age, 79, was also not on his side.

Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi reportedly spoke with the chief minister and asked him to resign gracefully hours before the CLP meeting scheduled in the evening on 18 September.

As per reports, Singh called a meeting of MLAs earlier the day and is learning to have received only 15 of the party's80 MLAs in the state.

As per a source, chief Sunil Jakhar, former Punjab Congress, who was once considered a close counselor of Amarinder Singh, is among the names being entertaining for the top post. Senior Congress leader Ambika Soni is also doing rounds as Singh'sSingh's replacement.

Seeing an attempt to pressure the party leadership to change the CM ahead of elections, the CLP meeting also comes days after about 40 party MLAs wrote to the central administration, complaining about CM.

The MLAs also alleged that the chief minister had done nothing to fulfill the 18-point program issued by the high command in Delhi.

Navjot Singh Sidhu Cricketer-turned-politician, who has been the most vocal critic of the chief minister, was named the state party chief in July. Still, he continues to damage the pitch, desiring his chances to emerge as a CM candidate race.

The exit of Captain Amarinder Singh comes four years after they secured the Congress a massive victory in the last assembly polls. The party currently has 80 MLA out of 117-member House.

A legislator from Patiala, Singh had also served as chief minister of Punjab previously 2002 to 2007. He has been the president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee on multiple occasions.

At 79, Singh was the oldest chief minister before his resignation today. His electoral career dates back to 1980 when he won a seat in the Lok Sabha from his family bastion of Patiala for the first time.

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