Amarinder Singh resigns as Punjab chief minister, says ‘I felt humiliated’

The dissenting cabinet ministers and MLAs, who are close to Navjot Sidhu, had met Congress general secretary in-charge of Punjab affairs Harish Rawat last month to seek Amarinder Singh's ouster and demanded a CLP meeting.

Captain Amarinder Singh resigned as the Punjab chief minister on Saturday, amid the ongoing political tussle with Navjot Singh Sidhu who was recently appointed as the chief of the Congress’ Punjab unit. The resignation comes less than five months before the Assembly elections in Punjab, and less than an hour before a legislature party (CLP) meeting called by the Congress party.

The resignation was announced by the senior Congress leader’s son Raninder Singh on Twitter.

Addressing a press conference at the gate of the Raj Bhavan, the 79-year-old Amarinder Singh said he felt humiliated. “I called up Congress president (Sonia Gandhi) this morning and told her that I am going to resign. The thing is, this is happening for the third time that MLAs are being called for a meeting, my leadership is being questioned,” he said.

Hindustan Times

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