‘HUMILIATED’, CAPTAIN AMARINDER SINGH RESIGNS AHEAD OF ELECTIONS

Punjab: Captain Amarinder Singh resigned from his post as the Chief Minister on Saturday. He said he felt ‘humiliated’ and that the Congress can appoint ‘whoever they trust’ as the CM. Sources say around 50 MLAs had written to Congress’s chief Sonia Gandhi to replace Singh from his post. Late Friday night, the Congress had called a meeting of MLAs hinting that there could be a change happening. The tweet by Harish Rawat, the state in charge for the party, had been shared by captain’s rival Navjot Singh Sidhu.

On Saturday morning, anticipating the move, captain Amarinder Singh announced his resignation and said he had spoken to Mrs. Gandhi that 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 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.

Regarding changing the party or forming a new body, he said “There is always an option, and I will use that option when the time comes. At the moment I am still in the Congress.”

The feud between the former CM and Navjot Singh Siddhu had been discussed heavily, and in July, despite the former CM’s resistance, the party had appointed Sidhu as the state chief. In August, around two dozen party leaders had raised complaints against Singh saying they had ‘no faith’, regarding delivering poll promises.

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