Amarinder Singh on Saturday quit as Punjab Chief Minister amid a rift in the Congress party. His resignation comes ahead of the much crucial Punjab Assembly elections 2022.
“I feel humiliated…,” Amarinder Singh told reporters. He also said he and his supporters will later decide where to go?
He submitted his resignation along with that of his council of ministers, his media advisor said.
“..@capt_amarinder has met Punjab Governor and submitted his and his council of ministers’ resignation. He will address the media at the Raj Bhavan gate in a few minutes from now,” his media advisor said on Twitter.
The name of new faces to replace Captain are Sunil Jakhar, former PCCC president, Sukhjinder Randhawa, Cabinet Minister and Partap Bajwa, MP.
Earlier, sources had confirmed that the party high command asked Capt Amrinder Singh to quit as CM. Congress high command asked the Captain to keep away from the meeting of CLP. AICC has called up Punjab CLP (Congress legislative party) meeting today at 5 pm at Punjab congress headquarter,Chandigarh. Punjab Congress in-charge Harish Rawat late Friday night announced that a Congress legislative party meeting will be held on Saturday at the PPCC headquarters in Chandigarh.
Rawat took to microblogging site Twitter to make the announcement. “The AICC has received a representation from a large number of MLAs from the Congress party, requesting to immediately convene a meeting of the Congress Legislative Party of Punjab.
Earlier, sources had also confirmed that Capt. Spoke to senior leader and former incharge of Punjab congress Kamal Nath, to convey his message to party high command that he would quit the party if he is removed as CM. The AICC received a representation from a large number of MLAs from the congress party, requesting to immediately convene a meeting of the Congress Legislative Party of Punjab. Rawat said that the AICC has directed PPCC to facilitate the meeting. “All Congress MLAs of Punjab are requested to kindly attend this meeting,’’ added Rawat. Minutes later, the Punjab Congress chief also took to Twitter to inform about the meeting.
At least 40 legislators had written to Congress president Sonia Gandhi seeking a CLP meeting to chalk out a strategy for the upcoming Vidhan Sabha elections, scheduled to be held in early 2022. Sources said that the legislators, through the letter, also informed the president that they would discuss the party high command’s 18-point agenda given to the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh. Sources said apart from Harish Rawat, two party observers from Delhi Harish Chaudhary and Ajay Maken would also reach Chandigarh to attend the meeting.