CHANDIGARH: Former Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday accused the Congress that several MLAs want to replace him, with former Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday saying it was Navjot Singh Sidhu and his associates who hatched the entire matter. Stating that he has won every election in Punjab since 2017, he said it was not the people who had lost faith in him. Also Read – Amarinder Singh To Form ‘Punjab Vikas Party’ Soon, To Include Leaders Of Anti-Sidhu Faction: Report
“I have won every election in Punjab since 2017. It was not the people who lost faith in me. The entire matter was conspired by Navjot Singh Sidhu and his associates. Don’t know why they are allowing him to fix the conditions even now,” said Amarinder Singh. Also read- Amarinder Singh may form a new party, many Punjab Congress loyalists are in touch: Reports
The veteran leader’s statement was followed by Congress leader Randeep Surjewala that 78 out of 79 MLAs had written that the CM should be changed. He also said that if the party had not changed the CM, it would have been termed as dictatorship. Also read- Punjab Crisis: After Sidhu-Chani meeting, ‘All is well’; Congress will set up coordination panel to end the deadlock. 10 points
I have won every election in Punjab since 2017. It was not the people who lost faith in me. The entire matter was conspired by Navjot Singh Sidhu and his associates. Don’t know why they are still allowing him to take orders: Former Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh
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— ANI (@ANI) 2 October 2021
“When a CM loses the confidence of the MLAs, he should resign from the post. 78 out of 79 MLAs had written that the CM should be changed. If we did not change the CM it would have been termed as dictatorship,” Surjewala said.
It is to be noted that Captain Amarinder Singh quit as Chief Minister after a month-long power struggle with Navjot Singh Sidhu accusing the top Congress leadership of “humiliating” him.
However, after resigning as the Chief Minister of Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh told reporters that he was free to explore other options.
Amarinder Singh was replaced by Charanjit Singh Channi after the Congress elected him as the new legislature party leader last month.
Congress general secretary Surjewala said when a chief minister loses the confidence of all his MLAs, he should not continue in his post.
Notably, Amarinder Singh had earlier dismissed the Congress leadership’s allegation that he had lost the confidence of the MLAs.
The former chief minister had said that he would quit the Congress, to which he insisted that senior leaders were being ignored.