Will leave Congress but not join BJP: Former Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

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Amarinder Singh on Thursday met National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval at his residence. The Captain had earlier said on Thursday that he would quit the Congress party but would not join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

New Delhi: Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday left for Punjab after meeting National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

Punjab Congress continues after the resignation of Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu.

Singh on Thursday met National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval at his residence. The Captain had earlier said on Thursday that he would quit the Congress party but would not join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In an official statement, he said that he had no intention of continuing in the Congress, and added that his association with the party was diminishing and senior leaders were being completely ignored and given a voice in the party. is going

Dismissing all speculations ahead of the 2022 assembly elections, Amarinder said he would leave the Congress where he was completely humiliated and not trusted. “I will resign… will not be in the party,” he said, adding that he was still thinking of his options in the interest of Punjab, whose security was a prime priority for him. “I will not be treated with such disrespect… I will not take such insults,” he said. He said that his principles and beliefs do not allow him to continue in the Congress.

Unfortunately, seniors were being sidelined completely, Amarinder said, adding that it was not good for the party. He also condemned the attack on Kapil Sibal’s house by Congress workers, as he had chosen to express views which were not favorable to the party leadership.

The Congress on September 28 inducted former CPI leader Kanhaiya Kumar into the party. Meanwhile, commenting on the recent political crisis in the party, senior party leader Kapil Sibal had said on Wednesday that he is unaware of who is taking decisions in the party as there is no president.

Expressing hope that Punjab would vote for the future of the state, he said that his experience shows that the people of Punjab vote for only one party/force, irrespective of the number of parties in the fray. Stating that the misrule in Punjab would give Pakistan an opportunity to create trouble in the state and the country, he said his meeting with NSA Ajit Doval this morning focused on this issue.

Notably, Amarinder had raised security concerns with Union Home Minister Amit Shah as well as the issue of farmers during the meeting later on Wednesday.

The meeting came amid a crisis in the Punjab Congress with the sudden resignation of state Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu and speculation that the Congress leader might heat up the BJP.

Amarinder Singh had resigned as chief minister on September 18 and told the media that the Congress leadership had let him down. He had also targeted Sidhu over his resignation and said that he is not a stable person.

Sidhu was made PCC chief by the Congress leadership in July to prevent infighting in the Punjab Congress ahead of next year’s assembly elections, but the party is now facing a new crisis.

(ANI)

First published:September 30, 2021, 5:41 pm

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