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Hope no Congressperson is subjected to ‘ignominy’: Amarinder Singh resigns from Cong, reveals name of his new party

The former Punjab CM has sent his resignation letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Chandigarh: Former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, on Tuesday, resigned from the Congress. He also announced the name of his new political party. 

In a tweet, Singh shared the resignation letter that he has sent to Congress President Sonia Gandhi. He said that he has listed his reasons for the resignation to Gandhi. 

“‘Punjab Lok Congress’ is the name of the new party. The registration is pending approval with the Election Commission of India. The party symbol will be approved later,” he added. 

Targeting the Congress, Singh said, “A party that today hurls accusations at me for taking up the farmers cause with the NDA/BJP Governments at the Centre did not think twice before getting into bed with the Shiv Sena when it suited it.”

Stating this, he went on to say, “Who is Communal and who is therefore Secular, it is for the people to judge. They are no fools.”

Singh also accused Congress president for appointing Navjot Singh Sidhu as the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president. He said he had told Sonia Gandhi that “Sidhu is a person of unstable mind and you will one day regret this decision and it would be too late by then.” 

“I am sure you (Sonia Gandhi) must be regretting it (appointing Sidhu as PPCC) now,” he added.

Mentioning more about Sidhu’s appointment,  Singh said, “When you chose to appoint a person who had been with the BJP for 14 years as PPCC President, I thought to myself where has the Congress come to. However, his appointment was only a continuum given that Nana Patole from the BJP and Revnath Reddy from the RSS had earlier been appointed as Presidents of Maharashtra and Telangana respectively.”

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He also said, “The most egregious act was the midnight conspiracy carried out against me at your and your children’s behest by calling a CLP (Congress Legislative Party) meeting over my head in the dead of the night and that too through Twitter.”

Singh said it was his “prerogative” as the CLP leader to have called the meeting if the AICC desired it. 

He said he was called by Sonia Gandhi the next morning at 10:15 and was asked to resign which he did “without battling even an eyelid”.

Singh said that the “crude” manner in which the entire “operation” was executed by the “undertakers” of the AICC had left a “very foul taste” in his mouth.  

“I immediately realised that the intention was ti belittle and humiliate this self respecting solider… You probably thought that if this third world emergency imposition kind of circus that happened in June 1975 was not enacted, I would have whisked the MLAs to some resort,” he said. 

The former Punjab CM said he was told by Congress leader Randeep Surjewala that 76 of 77 MLAs had opposed Singh. “I don’t blame you as these were concocted numbers presented by you by the people who were part of the conspiracy.”

In his resignation letter, Singh told Sonia Gandhi that she knew him for better part of his 52 years in public life, despite that she “never” understood him and his character.

“You thought I was getting on in years and should be put to pasture. I am neither tired not retired. I feel I have a lot to give and contribute to my beloved Punjab. I intend to soldier on and not fade away,” Amarinder Singh wrote.  

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The former Punjab chief minister got emotional towards the end of his resignation letter and said, “I actually felt deeply hurt by your conduct and that your children who I still deeply love as much as my own children, having known their father, since we were in school together since 1954, which is for 67 years now.”

He even hoped that no other senior Congress person is subjected to the “ignominy” that he was put through.

first published:Nov. 2, 2021, 5:33 p.m.

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