Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and state Congress in-charge Harish Rawat have criticised veteran party leader Capt Amarinder Singh’s decision to float a new political party.
Punjab Deputy CM Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and state Congress in-charge Harish Rawat have criticised veteran party leader Capt Amarinder Singh’s decision to float a new political party months ahead of the Punjab assembly elections.
Randhawa has said, “Captain Amarinder Singh has destroyed himself by announcing a seat arrangement with BJP, whom he had always abused. BJP should hold an enquiry on Amarinder Singh over his whereabouts after the resignation in 1984 and his relations with Pakistan.”
“There must be some pressure on him. Many cases have been filed against him and his children. We have no fear of Amarinder’s decision,” said the Deputy Chief Minister.
On the other hand, Harish Rawat has said, “If he wants to eat crow and go with the BJP, he can. Who can stop him if he can’t stay with his old commitment to secularism? He was considered a symbol of ‘Sarvdharm Sambhav’ and was connected to Congress’s traditions for long. If he wants to go, he should.”
Former Punjab CM Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said he would soon announce a new political party and is hopeful of a seat arrangement with the BJP if the farmers’ issue is resolved in their interest.
After months of verbual duels and a bitter turf war with Navjot Singh Sidhu, Amarinder Singh resigned as chief minister of Punjab last month. The party replaced him with Charanjit Singh Channi, a Sidhu loyalist. However, Sidhu announced his sudden exit as the Punjab Congress chief soon after, throwing the party into jeopardy again.
Announcing his future plans, Amarinder Singh said, “The battle for Punjab’s future is on. Will soon announce the launch of my own political party to serve the interests of Punjab and its people, including our farmers who’ve been fighting for their survival for over a year.”
The two-time chief minister also said that he will not rest until he secures the future of “my people and my state”.
“Punjab needs political stability and protection from internal and external threats. I promise my people I will do what it takes to ensure its peace and security, which is today at stake,” he was quoted as saying by his media adviser in a tweet.
“Hopeful of a seat arrangement with BJP in 2022 Punjab Assembly polls if farmers protest is resolved in farmers’ interest. Also looking at alliance with like-minded parties such as breakaway Akali groups, particularly Dhindsa and Brahmpura factions,” Singh, who had faced an unceremonious exit from the state government last month, said.