NEW DELHI: “Future politics is always an option and I will exercise my options in due course,” said Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday after his resignation as Prime Minister of Punjab.
The congressional veteran resigned as prime minister, ending months of power struggles that had polarized the ruling party in the state that was coming to elections in just four months.
“I feel humiliated by the way the talks have gone. I spoke to the President of the Congress this morning and told her that I will resign today … This is the third time this has happened in the last few months is why I have decided to quit. ”said Amarinder.
With clear indications that the struggle within the Punjab Congress is far from over, Amarinder said: “I’ve been in politics for 52 years and prime minister with my supporters for nine and a half years.”
When asked who might become the new prime minister of the state, Amarinder attacked the party leadership, saying, “Apparently they (Congress High Command) have no confidence in me and thought I couldn’t do my job. But,” I felt humiliated by them The way they handled the whole matter. Let them decide who to trust. ”
Amarinder Singh submitted his resignation to the governor ahead of a planned crucial session of the Legislature of Congress at which a new leader would likely be elected.
Amarinder was embroiled in a bitter political argument with the newly appointed head of the Punjab Congress, Navjot Singh Sidhu. The two leaders had barbed barbs. However, despite Amarinder’s very strong and vocal opposition, Sidhu was appointed chairman of the state congress by the party’s high command.
The two leaders got into an argument after Amarinder changed Sidhu’s portfolio. Sidhu never started his new job. In the past few months, Sidhu had openly targeted the Amarinder government.
Amarinder Singh, who was a captain during the Indo-Pakistan War in 1965, took the oath as the 26th in 2017.
From 2010 to 2013 he was President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee.
Singh had served as a member of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha for five terms, representing Patiala (Urban) three times and Samana and Talwandi Sabo once each.
In 2015 he was re-elected President of the Punjab Congress. Singh resigned from Lok Sabha on November 23, 2016 and devoted himself fully to polling in the Punjab, and the party came to power by a majority.