Amrinder Launch New Party: Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh tendered his resignation from the Congress membership. He sent his resignation to Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Amarinder Singh has formed a new party named Punjab Lok Congress. Captain Amarinder Singh expressed concern over making Sidhu the state president. He said- Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi patronized Navjot Singh Sidhu, Congress will have to repent one day.
Here, Punjab Minister Rajkumar Verka has targeted Captain Amarinder Singh. He said that PM Modi is joining hands with the opponents of Captain Punjab in love, the public will not forgive him. With the resignation of Captain Amarinder Singh and the announcement of forming a new party, the stir in the Punjab Congress has intensified. The meeting of the Coordination Committee went on till late night due to the fear of the party leaders breaking up. All the leaders including Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Harish Chaudhary attended this meeting.
Amarinder targets Sidhu and Rawat
A few days before resigning from the Congress, Singh had dismissed speculation that he was in backdoor talks with the Congress to persuade him. Amarinder Singh, in his seven-page resignation letter, criticized the Gandhi family and said a “conspiracy” was hatched to remove them from the state government. In a letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Singh has enumerated his achievements while being the Chief Minister. He also targeted Congress’s Punjab unit president Navjot Singh Sidhu and senior party leader Harish Rawat.
Amarinder Singh had resigned as Chief Minister of Punjab in September amid a bitter power struggle with state Congress chief Navjot Sidhu. In a letter to Sonia Gandhi, he said that “despite knowing him deeply personally for 52 years of public life” she (Sonia) could never understand him or his character. Singh wrote, “You thought you would marginalize me after so many years. I am neither tired nor retired. I think I can give a lot more to my Punjab now. I am a soldier and will never be forgotten.”
Expressing displeasure over Sidhu being made the Congress’ Punjab unit president, he said, “Despite all Punjab MPs and my objection, you have appointed Navjot Singh Sidhu, a Pakistani ‘deep state’ (military department) helper, who publicly Had a hug from Pakistan Army Chief General Bajwa and Prime Minister Imran Khan. “Khan and Bajwa are the people who sent terrorists across the border to kill Indians,” Singh said.
He said, “Sidhu was such an achievement that he used to regularly abuse me and my government. I am his father’s age, but still use abusive language against me in private and in public. Amarinder Singh accused Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra of “protecting” Sidhu.