Amarinder Singh resigned as Punjab Chief Minister today, months before polls, saying he had been “humiliated thrice” and that the Congress is free to “appoint whoever they trust”. He also said he would “exercise his options when the time comes”. Amrinder Singh gill told reporters he had decided to resign in the morning. He said he had spoken with Congress president Sonia Gandhi and had told her he had put up with enough humiliation.
“I was humiliated three times by the Congress leadership in the past two months…they called the MLAs to Delhi twice and now convened CLP (MLAs’ meeting) today. Apparently, they (Congress leadership) do not have confidence in me and did not think I could handle my job. But I felt humiliated at the manner in which they handled the whole affair… It’s now up to them to appoint anyone they trust,” Mr Singh said, flashing resentment that threatens to blow up for the Congress in the coming months.
Future politics is an option and when the time comes, I will take a call,” Singh said. Asked if he would accept the future Punjab CM, the captain said that he will discuss with his colleagues and loyalists and take a call in future. He added in Punjabi that the party can make “chief minister whoever it wants to.”
Over 50 Congress legislators from Punjab have written to party chief Sonia Gandhi seeking that Amarinder Singh – who has been at helm for over 9 years – be replaced as chief minister, highly placed party sources said on Saturday ahead of a crucial meeting of the Congress Legislative Party in Chandigarh.