Punjab Crisis: Congress high command asks Amarinder Singh to resign, Captain threatens to leave party

The Congress leadership in Delhi has reportedly asked Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to resign and find a way to elect a new leader in Punjab. Sources said that Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi had spoken to the chief minister a few hours before the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting to be held in the evening on September 18. Sources said that the Chief Minister has been asked to resign graciously from the post. There is no official statement on this yet.

A report in The Hindu quoted a leader as saying, “The high command is trying to install a Hindu leader as chief minister, after installing a Jat Sikh (Navjot Singh Sidhu) as the Punjab Congress president. Huh.”

According to the report, Amarinder Singh declined the offer and informed the party chief that he would instead resign from the party. According to sources, former Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar, who was once an aide to the chief minister, is in the news for the top post.

Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said bluntly to Sonia Gandhi that if she is constantly humiliated in this way, then she will distance herself from the Congress party. There is speculation that Captain Amarinder Singh may also leave the Congress party today.

Pargat Singh, leader of Navjot Singh Sidhu’s camp and general secretary of Punjab Congress, says that he is not aware whether the Congress high command has sought resignation from Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.

Congress leader Sunil Jakhar has congratulated Rahul Gandhi for resolving the current crisis in Punjab. This tweet has come before the CLP meeting today, where an important announcement can be made regarding Punjab Congress.

There is also news in the local media circles of Chandigarh that if the Captain is unable to get the 54 MLAs in his favor, then he will resign. Ahead of the CLP meeting, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh called a meeting of party legislators at 2 pm today, the news agency quoted sources as saying. It is clear from this that perhaps the Chief Minister is convening this meeting to gather the MLAs in his favor.

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