Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday resigned as Punjab Chief Minister ahead of the crucial Congress Legislature Party meeting in Chandigarh today. The development comes amid the ongoing power battle with Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Navjot Singh Sindhu that have created differences in the party.
Captain Amarinder Singh met Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit and submitted his and his council of ministers’ resignation. Addressing a presser shortly after that Amarinder Singh said, "I feel humiliated. This is happening for the third time (CLP meeting). It is for the party to decide who it wants to be the next CM. Will decide the future course of politics after I meet people who have been with me for long."
"The thing is that this is the third time the party called the MLAs. You have an element of doubt on me...," Singh said while pointing at Congress.
"I have resigned," he said, adding that the Congress can make anyone the leadership trusts the chief minister.
Asked about his future course of action, he said, "As far as my future politics is concerned, there is always an option and I will use that option when time comes."
"I am in the Congress party. I will talk to my supporters and decide future course of politics," he said.
Singh said he decided this morning to resign from his post and that he had spoken to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and informed her about his decision.
Singh was accompanied by his wife and MP Preneet Kaur and son Raninder Singh when he submitted his resignation to Governor Banwarilal Purohit.
"I am proud to accompany my father to Raj Bhawan when he submits his resignation as CM of Punjab and leads us as head of our family into a new beginning," Raninder Singh said in a tweet earlier.
Earlier in the day, Amarinder Singh spoke to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and expressed his anguish and displeasure over his repeated "humiliation", the sources said.
They said the decision was taken at a meeting of legislators close to him at the his official residence in Chandigarh a little after 2 pm.
The AICC gave its nod to the meeting of the CLP, being held at 5 pm at the Punjab Congress office in Chandigarh, after over 50 MLAs wrote to the party high command that Amarinder Singh be replaced as chief minister. Congress leader Sunil Jakhar is likely to be new Chief Minister of Punjab, as per sources. | READ MORE
Elections in the state are due in about four months.