Today, Captain Amarinder Singh stepped down as the Punjab Chief Minister leaving the public in complete shock. The step comes as he was undergoing a political tussle with Navjot Singh Sidhu.
The resignation comes less than five months before the Assembly elections in Punjab, and less than an hour before a legislature party (CLP) meeting called by the Congress party. Talking to the media, Amarinder cited that he felt humiliated. He had a telephonic conversation with Sonia Gandhi earlier today, where he clarified that he will 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.
The resignation of Captain Amarinder Singh was announced by the senior Congress leader’s son Raninder Singh on Twitter. Speaking on his decision, Singh said there are no plans, for now, to quit the Congress, however, future politics is ‘always on options’. He said that the future course of action will be decided after discussions with his loyalists.
Meanwhile, the CM met the Punjab governor and submitted his and his council of ministers’ resignation. Singh was accompanied by his wife, Patiala MP Preneet Kaur, and son Raninder Singh. Lok Sabha MPs Gurjit Singh Aujla and Ravneet Singh Bittu were also present.
The cricketer-turned-politician was appointed the state president on July 18, ignoring the CM’s opposition to his elevation. The political difference between Singh and Sidhu, left the state unit, particularly ministers and legislators, divided.
Sources said the current crisis is ‘serious’ with so many MLAs seeking the chief minister’s replacement just a few months ahead of assembly elections in the state. Last month, four ministers and around two dozen party legislators had raised the banner of revolt against the Punjab CM and said they had no faith in Amarinder Singh’s ability to honour unfulfilled promises.