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Captain Amarinder Singh says no ‘backend talks’ with Congress, will hold talks for seat sharing with BJP

Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday rubbished reports of “backend talks” with the Congress to retain him in the party and said that the “time for rapprochement is over.”

Chandigarh: Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday rubbished reports of “backend talks” with the Congress to retain him in the party and said that the “time for rapprochement is over.”

“Reports of backend talks with Congress are incorrect. The time for rapprochement is over. I am grateful to Sonia Gandhi ji for her support but will not stay in Congress now,” Captain Amarinder Singh’s aide Raveen Thukral quoted him as saying.

“I will soon launch my own party and will hold talks for seat sharing with BJP, breakaway Akali factions and others for Punjab elections once farmers’ issue is resolved. I want to build strong collective force in interest of Punjab and its farmers,” added Captain Amarinder Singh.

This comes after Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said that his newly announced political party will contest the upcoming elections from all 117 assembly seats in Punjab.

He claimed that several Congress workers are going to join his new party. “When the time comes we will fight all 117 seats, whether we fight in adjustment or we fight on our own only time will tell… Plenty of Congress workers is coming in… We are waiting for an appropriate moment,” Amarinder Singh said.

He also made it clear that the process of launching a new political party is ongoing and he will disclose the name and symbol once confirmed by the Election Commission.

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“Yes, I will be forming a new party. The name will be announced once the Election Commission clears it, along with the symbol. My lawyers are working on it,” added former CM.

Singh resigned last month as the chief minister and had announced that he will be quitting the Congress after months of a rift with Congress state chief Navjot Singh Sidhu. He had resigned ahead of Congress legislature party meeting which was called amid unending factional battles in the ruling Congress in the state. 

Amarinder Singh was replaced by Charanjit Singh Channi as the chief minister of the state.

Punjab is slated to go for Assembly polls in 2022. In 2017 Assembly polls, Congress had won an absolute majority in the state by winning 77 seats and ousted the SAD-BJP government after 10 years. Aam Aadmi Party emerged as the second-largest party winning 20 seats in 117-member Punjab Legislative Assembly.

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) could only manage to win 15 seats while the BJP secured 3 seats. 

first published:Oct. 30, 2021, 6:17 p.m.

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