A relentless Captain Amarinder Singh has said he will fight tooth and nail the rise of Navjot Singh Sidhu to the post of head of the Ministry of Punjab and is ready to make any sacrifice to save the country from such a dangerous man, his office said on Wednesday.
Even though Amarinder Singh has reiterated his intention to counter any move to make Sidhu the face of the state CM, he has said he will pit him against a strong candidate in the 2022 Assembly polls to secure his defeat. . “He is dangerous for the state,” said the ex-CM, according to the office of Captain Amarinder Singh.
In a released statement, it was revealed that the captain revealed that he had offered his resignation to Sonia Gandhi 3 weeks earlier, but that she asked him to continue.
“If she had called me and asked me to resign, I would have done it,” he said, adding that “as a soldier I know how to do my job and leave when called back” .
“Priyanka and Rahul (Gandhi siblings) are like my children… it shouldn’t have ended like this. I am hurt. He said the Gandhi children were quite inexperienced and their advisers were clearly leading them astray, added Captain Amarinder Singh.
Bitter infighting rocked the Congress party ahead of the polls. At the heart of the crisis were Navjot Singh Sidhu, cricketer turned politician and head of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), and former CM captain Amarinder Singh, publicly trading pikes for each other.
The conflict in the Punjab congressional unit has reached a point where it has become untenable for Amarinder Singh to continue. He finally resigned on Saturday.
In a letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Amarinder Singh expressed personal anguish over the political developments of the past five months and feared that the high command’s decision could cause instability in the state. Singh said he was resigning because he felt humiliated
Once touted to be in the driver’s seat to retain power in the next polls, recent developments have divided analysts and they are mixed on Congress’ chances of moving forward. Some say the choice of Congress Dalits is aimed at controlling Sidhu and reversing the impact of Amarinder Singh’s resignation. Others see it as a massive shake up for the party and the Aam Aadmi (AAP) party wins at their expense.
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