Sonia to choose new CM for Punjab, Amarinder rejects Sidhu as CM candidate

Chandigarh: After resignation of Punjab CM, two resolutions were passed in the Congress legislator’s meet today. One where the party accepted Amarinder Singh’s resignation and other was that Congress President Sonia Gandhi will choose new CM of Punjab.

“We’ve sent two resolutions to the party high command which was passed in Congress Legislative Party today. We’re waiting for their (party high command) decision,” Mr Rawat said.

The Congress’s observer for Punjab, Ajay Maken, said there was no discussion on the name of a Congress Legislative Party leader. Congress said that Amarinder Singh gave a good Governance to Punjab.

On other hand, Amarinder Singh after the acceptance of resignation said that he would revolt if Navjot Singh Sidhu is made the new CM. He further said that Sidhu cannot lead the government as he wasn’t able to lead the ministry. He also said that Sidhu would be problematic to Punjab and had to lay off Sidhu from the Ministry for the same. He also called Sidhu an ally to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.

“He is going to be a disaster. I will oppose his name for the next Chief Ministerial face. He has a connection with Pakistan. It will be a threat to national security,” Mr Singh told news agency ANI.

Earlier in the evening Captain Amarinder Singh resigned from the post of CM after MLAs wrote a letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Amarinder said that he would nor tolerate the humiliation.

Previously Amarinder Singh said that he has no intentions to leave Congress and will take a decision in future if any. Several media reports also said that Sonia Gandhi had told Captain to resign and therefore the emergency meeting was schedule in the evening. The meeting which will be held at 5pm will now decide who will become the new Chief Minister of Punjab.

This comes a day after at least 40 legislators wrote to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, seeking a CLP meeting to chalk out a strategy for the Punjab polls in 2022 amid an ongoing tussle between Amarinder and Sidhu. The leaders had shot off a letter apparently against Captain, alleging that hardly anything was being done towards the fulfilment of the 18-point programme issued by the party high command.

The meeting, just days after the party brokered a tenuous detente between Amarinder Singh and his in-house rival Navjot Singh Sidhu, signalled a leadership change in the Punjab Congress government months before state polls.


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