The turmoil in Punjab Congress has reached its final point. A bitter Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has decided to put in his papers ahead of the crucial Congress Legislature Party meeting in Chandigarh on Saturday evening, sources close to him said.
But before the CLP meeting the Captain after meeting Governor Banwarilal Purohit submitted his resignation his council of ministers to followed him by resigning.
Captain is reportedly feeling humiliated , and believed to have told his friends in the party, Kamal Nath and Manish Tewari, that he “cannot continue in the party with this kind of humiliation”.
It may be recalled that 50 out of 80 MLA’s in the 117 member assembly have written to interim party chief Sonia Gandhi seeking that Amarinder Singh be replaced as chief minister.
It may be recalled that Capt Amarinder Singh and Navjot Sindhu have been involved in war of words in the last few months putting the government in crisis . There was truce attempt with a tea meeting but all has it seems failed.
Amarinder was strongly opposing Sindhu’s appointment as PCC chief .
Sidhu has been at loggerheads with Amarinder Singh ever since he quit the Punjab cabinet as a minister in 2019.
He had become more vocal in his views in the last some months.
Last month, four ministers and around two dozen party legislators had raised the banner of revolt against the Punjab CM and said they had no faith in Amarinder Singh’s ability to honour unfulfilled promises.
Further, more than a month after a strategic policy group was set up to ensure smooth coordination between Capt Amarinder Singh led Punjab government and State Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, the panel is yet to start functioning hinting at the continued rift between the two.
Navjot Singh Sidhu and Sunil Jakhar are in the race to become CLP leader according to various media reports .