Amarinder Singh, the Punjab Chief Minister, reached Governor’s House just minutes before the crucial Congress Legislative Party meeting (CLP), on Saturday and presented his resignation and that of his council of ministers to him.
“CM @capt_amarinder met Punjab Governor, and submitted his and his councilof ministers’ resignation,” Raveen Thukral, Chief Minister Media Advisor, stated in a tweet.
The party’s top command was said to have instructed the Chief Minister to resign earlier in the day to allow for the election of a new incumbent.
The Chief Minister however, ‘threatened to quit’ the party because he was humiliated.
“Amarinder Singh spoke to Congress President Sonia Gandhi this morning and said that he was being humiliated. He will resign from party,” an intimate confidant of Chief Minister told IANS.
Some senior leaders of the party claim that Amarinder Singh has been asked by the high command to resign.
The changing political scene was witnessed minute by minute. On Friday, Harish Rawat, the in-charge of Punjab Congress, tweeted about the decision for an urgent CLP meeting.
Almost 10 minutes later, the chief of the state party, Navjot Sidhu, directed all MLAs present at the CLP meeting.
Rawat’s announcement is seen as an indication that the high command intends to appoint the incumbent party leader to lead the party to the Assembly polls in March 2022.
Sunil Jakhar, the former president of state, tweeted that he was happy to see Sh Rahul Gandhi adopt the Alexandrian solution to the Gordian knot in Punjab. Surprisingly, the bold leadership decision to solve the Punjab Congress impasse has not only thrilled Congress workers, but also sent chills down Akalis’ spines. Following a new letter signed by most legislators voicing dissatisfaction at Amarinder Singh, and demanding his resignation as Chief Minister, the decision to call the CLP was made.
Ajay Maken, the deputed party’s general secretary, and Harish Chowdhry arrived in Chandigarh to serve as central observers at the Congress Legislative Party meeting (CLP), which was scheduled for the evening. Harish Rawat, the state party’s chief, is also here.