Congress veteran Amarinder Singh on Saturday resigned as chief minister of Punjab, declaring that he feels “humiliated” and stated he will not settle for state Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu as the following CM or the social gathering face within the Assembly polls.
The improvement has come amid an influence tussle that polarised the ruling social gathering within the state headed for elections in nearly 4 months.
Sidhu was made the state Congress chief earlier this 12 months regardless of opposition by Amarinder Singh.
“I feel humiliated,” Amarinder Singh advised reporters exterior the Punjab Raj Bhawan after submitting his resignation to Governor Banwarilal Purohit.
“I have resigned, let them make anyone (next CM),” he additional stated.
The Congress chief, nonetheless, in one other interplay with the media stated he will not settle for Navjot Singh Sidhu because the Punjab chief minister, describing him as “a total disaster”.
The man who couldn’t deal with one ministry, can by no means run whole Punjab, he stated.
Replying to a query, he stated he won’t ever comply with Navjot Singh Sidhu as the following chief minister.
#WATCH | For sake of my nation, I’ll oppose his (Navjot Singh Sidhu) title for CM of Punjab. It’s a matter of nationwide safety. Pakistan PM Imran Khan is his pal. Sidhu has a relation with Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa: Amarinder Singh in an unique interview to ANI pic.twitter.com/imeuoyDxem
— ANI (@ANI) September 18, 2021
“He is a total disaster. When he was a minister (in Amarinder cabinet), he could not even run one ministry, now can he run entire Punjab? I know that man has no capability at all,” stated Amarinder Singh.
If Sidhu is made the face of the Congress for the Punjab polls, Singh stated he’ll oppose him “tooth and nail”.
Earlier within the day after submitting his resignation, when requested about his subsequent plan of action, Singh advised reporters, “There is always an option and I will use that option when time comes.”
“I have been in politics for the past 52 years and I have been a chief minister for nine-and-a-half years. I will talk to my colleagues, supporters,” he stated.
He submitted his resignation together with that of his council of ministers, his media adviser stated. The resignation has been accepted by the Governor.
He goes to be a catastrophe. I’ll oppose his title for the following CM face. He has a reference to Pakistan. It will likely be a menace to nationwide safety
Singh’s resignation got here hours earlier than an important assembly of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) on Saturday night, pre-empting what was extensively being seen as a transfer to take away him from the CM’s put up.
In the assembly, Punjab Congress MLAs authorised social gathering’s nationwide president Sonia Gandhi to select a brand new CLP chief and in a unanimously handed decision praised Amarinder’s contribution for Punjab and the Congress.
“I spoke to the Congress president in the morning and I told her that I am resigning today,” Amarinder Singh advised reporters.
“They called the MLAs to Delhi twice and now convened a CLP here in Chandigarh today,” he stated.
“I think if there is an element of doubt on me that I could not run (the government) or if there was something else, I feel humiliated the way things have happened,” he stated.
To a query on becoming a member of some other social gathering, he stated, “Whatever you have to say, you can say. I can only tell you that I have been a chief minister from the Congress. And I am in the Congress and I will consult my colleagues and then we will decide the future course of politics.”
“I have only resigned for myself,” he stated.
“I hereby tender my resignation as the chief minister, and that of my council of ministers,” the one-line resignation letter stated.
In one other interplay with the media later, Amarinder Singh stated he had already advised Sonia Gandhi throughout his assembly along with her just a few weeks again that he ought to be relieved of the cost.
“I had advised her that you just relieve me of this cost as a result of I can’t work on this method the place Mr Sidhu is pulling proper and I’m pulling left. In that assembly, Congress basic secretary (Harish) Rawat was additionally current. Soniaji then stated no I would like you to hold on, stated Amarinder Singh.
The Congress chief stated he carried out his obligation to the most effective of his skill.
“I have been in politics for 52 years, so I don’t care about these things, I am in politics and I will remain in politics,” he stated when requested concerning the circumstances wherein he needed to resign.
“In politics, options are always there, they are never closed. I can tell you one thing, I am not going to leave it like this,” he stated.
Politics is a really fast-paced recreation, he stated replying to a different query.
Singh was accompanied by his spouse and MP Preneet Kaur and son Raninder Singh when he submitted his resignation to Governor Banwarilal Purohit.
MPs Gurjeet Singh Aujla and Ravneet Singh Bittu, AG Atul Nanda and Chief Principal Secretary to CM Suresh Kumar have been additionally current.
“I am proud to accompany my father to Raj Bhawan when he submits his resignation as CM of Punjab and leads us as head of our family into a new beginning,” Raninder Singh stated in a tweet earlier.
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