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Won’t Accept Navjot Sidhu As Congress’s Face In Punjab

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Amarinder Singh resigned as Punjab Chief Minister on Saturday. (File)

Chandigarh:

Amarinder Singh, who stepped down as Chief Minister on Saturday following an escalation within the political disaster within the state stemming from a bitter tussle with rival Navjot Singh Sidhu, dominated out accepting his social gathering colleague as his successor and left the door open on leaving the Congress.

“For the sake of my country, I’ll oppose his (Navjot Singh Sidhu) name for Chief Minister of Punjab. It’s a matter of national security. Pakistan PM Imran Khan is his friend. Sidhu has a relation with Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa,” Mr Singh advised NDTV.

“Navjot Singh Sidhu is an incompetent man. He was a total disaster in my government. He couldn’t run one ministry I gave him. He did not clear files for seven months,” the previous Chief Minister, popularly often called Captain, mentioned.

Asked if he would stay in Congress, the 79-year-old mentioned, “I can’t answer that right now.”

Speaking to information company ANI, he additionally revealed what Congress chief Sonia Gandhi advised him after he referred to as her this morning saying he was going to stop as a result of he had been humiliated. “‘I am sorry Amarinder,’ said Congress President Sonia Gandhi after I spoke with her over my resignation, this morning,” he mentioned.

Declaring that he felt humiliated for the third time, Congress veteran Amarinder Singh on Saturday resigned as Chief minister of Punjab, ending one chapter of dissent however throwing open one other of uncertainty for the ruling social gathering within the state headed in the direction of elections in about 4 months.

Amarinder Singh, one of many Congress’ strongest regional satraps, put in his papers after talking to social gathering president Sonia Gandhi and shortly earlier than a vital assembly of the Congress Legislature Party.

“The thing is that this is the third time the party called the MLAs. You have an element of doubt on me… I feel humiliated,” he advised reporters outdoors the Punjab Raj Bhawan after submitting his resignation to Governor Banwarilal Purohit.

Over 50 MLAs within the social gathering had reportedly written to Ms Gandhi in search of that Amarinder Singh get replaced as chief minister, a transfer that capped months of a fractious feud between him and Navjot Singh Sidhu who was lately made state Congress president a lot towards the senior chief’s needs. The Congress has 80 MLAs within the 117-member state meeting.

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