Panjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh resigns
Amritsar: The following majority of Congress MLAs revolted against his leadership, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has resigned to the CM post on Saturday evening.
Mr. Singh has submitted his resignation to governor Banwarilal Purohit; the Governor asked him to continue as caretaker CM till alternative arrangements are made.
After submitting resignation, Mr. Singh told reporters said that "my leadership was questioned and I was repeatedly humiliated. I have communicated my decision to AICC interim President Sonia Gandhi, it is left for party high command to choose new leader".
AICC has instructed Amarinder Singh to put his paper after more than 40 MLAs, and 4 MPs openly revolted against his leadership and asked party high command to convene the CLP meeting. Party high command has instructed Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) called the CLP meeting on Saturday; CLP will meet at 5 pm to elect a new leader to lead Punjab.
Mr. Amarinder Singh has faced rebellion and frequent attacks from party leaders, especially PPCC President Navjot Singh Sidhu. Mr. Sidhu openly criticized Captain and held parlays with party MLAs to oust Mr. Singh from the CM post.
Sources in the PPCC said that Mr.Singh has reportedly expressed his displeasure to Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi that, "This kind of humiliation is enough, this is happening for the third time. I can't continue to stay in the party with this kind of humiliation."
Mr Singh had fought the party's order to resign, which raises the possibility of a split in Congress just months before the Punjab election.
In the 117-members Punjab Assembly, Congress has 80 seats; this afternoon, he called a meeting of MLAs to support his leadership, only 25 MLAs, including four ministers, had attended the meeting. This indicates that he lost the support of MLAs. More than 50 MLAs have demanded a change of leadership, they have written a letter to Sonia Gandhi to change the leadership.
Congress high command has informed Mr. Singh to step down from CM post as dissidents growing against him. Sources said that Gandhi’s siblings are the reason for his ouster from CM post. He has faced humiliation from the High command. It was evident that when the day of party high command anoints Navjot Singh Sidhu as PPCC chief, the exit of Amarinder Singh was certain. From the day of his appointment to PPCC, Chief Mr. Sidhu takes a swipe at Amarinder Singh and openly criticizes his governance.
Three names are doing rounds for CM post, former Punjab Congress chiefs Sunil Jakhar and Pratap Singh Bajwa, and Beant Singh's grandson Ravneet Singh Bittu.