Amarinder Singh resigns: Former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday formally resigned from the Congress, ending his more than 40-year association with the grand old party.
In his resignation letter, Singh has expressed concern over Congress's decision to appoint Navjot Singh Sidhu as Punjab Congress President and has written to Sonia Gandhi that one day the Congress high command will have to regret its decision.
"...Despite my profound reservations and over the unanimous advice of almost all the MPs from Punjab, you chose to appoint an acolyte of the
Pakistani deep state Navjot Sidhu who had publicly hugged the Pakistan Army Chief Gen Bajwa and Prime Minister Imran Khan, as the President of the Punjab Congress Committee. Khan and Bajwa are the people responsible for sending terrorists across the border to kill Indians. It may be noted that 82 of Punjabi soldiers have been martyred in Jammu and Kashmir since my government took over in 2017."
"... Unfortunately rather than being reined in, he was patronised by Rahul and Priyanka, while you chose to turn a blind eye to the shenanigans of this gentleman who was an aide and abetted by the General Secretary in-charge."
Singh on Saturday said that his decision to leave the party is final. Singh was reacting to some media reports which suggested that some Congress leaders are engaged in backend talks to persuade him to remain in the party. The former Punjab CM reiterated that he will soon launch his political party and said he wanted to build "a strong collective force in the interest of Punjab".