Amarinder Singh: ‘I feel humiliated, will exercise my options when the time comes’ | India News


NEW DELHI: “Future politics is always an option and I will exercise my options when the time comes,” Captain Amarinder Singh said on Saturday after stepping down as the chief minister of Punjab.
“I feel humiliated by the way talks transpired. I spoke with the Congress president this morning, told her that I will be resigning today … This is the third time in recent months that this has happened which is why I decided to quit,” Amarinder said.
Dropping clear hints that the fight within the Punjab Congress is far from over, Amarinder said, “I have been in politics for 52 years and have been the chief minister for 9 and a half years. I will decide the future course of action after discussing with my supporters.”
When asked about who could be the new chief minister of the state, Amarinder said: Whoever they (party high command) have faith in, they can make (Punjab CM).
Amarinder Singh submitted his resignation to the governor ahead of a crucial Congress legislature party meeting, in which a new leader was likely to be elected.
Amarinder was engaged in a bitter political tussle with newly appointed Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu. The two leaders had traded open barbs. However, despite Amarinder’s very strong and vocal opposition, Sidhu was appointed the state Congress chief by the party high command.
Amarinder Singh, who was Captain during the 1965 Indo-Pakistan War, took the oath as the 26th chief minister of Punjab in 2017 after the Congress won assembly elections with a majority.
He served as president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee from 2010 to 2013.
Singh had served as a member of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha for five terms representing Patiala (Urban) thrice and Samana and Talwandi Sabo once each.
In 2015, he was again elected as president of the Punjab Congress. Singh resigned from Lok Sabha on November 23, 2016, and fully dedicated himself to Punjab polls and the party came in power in the state with a majority.



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