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Ambika Soni backs out from CM post : Reports

New Delhi : Senior Congress leader Ambika Soni has turned down the offer of Chief Ministerial post of Punjab. Soni after meeting with Rahul Gandhi yesterday, decided not to take the offer.

According to NDTV, Ms Soni made it clear at the meeting that not having a Sikh as the Chief Minister has “ramifications”, the sources said, asking not to be named.

The Congress’s three political observers for Punjab are meeting with every MLA to get their views on the matter, and the three will report back to the party high command for a decision on who would be the next Chief Minister.

A veteran Congress leader and a Gandhi loyalist, Ambika Sonia was brought into the party by Indira Gandhi in 1969. Her father was the district collector of Amritsar during the partition and worked closely with Nehru.

Ambika Soni also worked with Sanjay Gandhi and headed the party’s frontal organisations. Ambika Soni hails from Punjab’s Hoshiarpur district and has been a Rajya Sabha member from Punjab several times.

On Saturday, Captain Amarinder Singh submitted his resignation to Governor Banwarilal Purohit. Captain Amarinder Singh said that he felt “humiliated” by the actions of the Congress party’s national leadership.

He made the announcement at a press conference after handing over his resignation to Governor Banwarilal Purohit.

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