Captain Amarinder Singh to form his own party, says open to pact with BJP in Punjab polls if farmers’ issue resolved

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Updated: October 19, 2021 10:44 PM

Captain Amarinder Singh said that he was hopeful of a seat arrangement with the BJP if the issue of protest is resolved in the farmers' interest. 

Captain Amarinder Singh said that he was hopeful of a seat arrangement with the BJP if the issue of protest is resolved in the farmers' interest. 

Days after quitting as Punjab chief minister, Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday announced that he will float his own party ahead of the assembly polls in state and said that he was hopeful of a seat arrangement with the BJP if the issue of protest is resolved in the farmers’ interest.

In a series of tweets, Singh’s media advisor Raveen Thukral quoted him as saying: “Will soon announce the launch of my own political party to serve the interests of Punjab & its people, including our farmers who’ve been fighting for their survival for over a year.”

“Hopeful of a seat arrangement with @BJP4India in 2022 Punjab Assembly polls if #FarmersProtest is resolved in farmers’ interest. Also looking at alliance with like-minded parties such as breakaway Akali groups, particularly Dhindsa & Brahmpura factions,” read another tweet.

The 80-year-old concluded by saying that he “will not rest till I can secure the future of my people and my state. Punjab needs political stability and protection from internal & external threats”.

The move was already anticipated by several political experts following Singh’s meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah in the national capital earlier this month, which came after the former stepped down as the Punjab chief minister, citing the “humiliation” suffered at the hands of the Congress leadership.

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However, Singh had refuted speculations of him joining hands with the BJP, saying that he was leaving the Congress, but will not join the saffron party.

Meanwhile, Punjab Cabinet minister, Pargat Singh, reacting to the development said, “The cat is out of the bag. I have always been saying that he was in cahoots with BJP and SAD. His quid pro quo with BJP is out in open. Soon it would be out with SAD also.”

Reports suggest that Captain was asked by the Congress leadership to step down as the chief minister, following his long-prevailing standoff with Punjab Congress Committee chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.

Political experts believe that the Congress leadership decided to replace Captain with Channi owing to the perception that the former’s popularity was waning in the state. With the polls nearing, the Congress in Punjab not only faces anti-incumbency but also allegations of unkept promises of cracking down on drugs and sacrilege cases.

Yet, there is no denying the fact that the Congress’ victory in 2002 and 2017 assembly polls in Punjab when it snatched power from the Akalis has been credited to Captain’s leadership to a great extent.

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