Punjab Congress Crisis Latest News: ‘Humiliated’ Capt Amarinder Singh resigns as chief minister

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Updated: September 18, 2021 6:11:57 pm

Punjab Congress Crisis Latest Update: Earlier, over 50 Congress legislators from Punjab have written to party president Sonia Gandhi seeking that Amarinder Singh be replaced as chief minister.

Punjab Congress Crisis Live:Capt Amarinder Singh has so far served as Punjab CM for four years 3 months.

Punjab Congress Crisis Latest Update: Captain Amarinder Singh has resigned from the post of Punjab Chief Minister after months of internal infighting in the party. Speaking to media after submitting his resignation to Governor Banwari Lal Purohit, Capt. Singh said that he informed party president Sonia Gandhi about his decision this morning. “This is happening for the third time that a meeting was called (of MLAs). It appears that there is an element of doubt over me that I could not run a government. I feel humiliated…You called meeting of MLAs three times within two months, so I decided to resign. Who ever they trust can be made a CM,” said Singh. When asked about his future course of action, Singh said that he is still in Congress and there is always an option. “I will use that (future decision) at a righ time,” he said.

The Congress has called a meeting of its legislature party in which the MLAs may elect their new leader. The meeting will be held at 5 pm. Earlier, over 50 Congress legislators from Punjab have written to party president Sonia Gandhi seeking that Amarinder Singh be replaced as chief minister. The Congress party has sent Punjab in-charge Harish Rawat and Ajay Maken to Chandigarh as an observer.  According to PTI, Amarinder Singh had earlier called is also learnt to have talked to Gandhi and expressed his anguish over his repeated humiliation. Sidhu has been at loggerheads with Amarinder Singh ever since he quit the Punjab cabinet as a minister in 2019. He had become more vocal in his views in the last some months. Former Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar today said, “Kudos to Sh Rahul Gandhi for adopting Alexandrian solution to this punjabi version of Gordian knot. Surprisingly, this bold leadership decision to resolve Punjab Congress imbroglio has not only enthralled congress workers but has sent shudders down the spines of Akalis.” Amarinder Singh’s bete-noire and PCC president Navjot Singh Sidhu, who is eyeing the chief minister’s post, is not in the list of probables for the chief minister’s replacement.

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