Ambika Soni is likely to be the next Punjab Chief Minister after the exit of Captain Amarinder Singh.
A veteran Congress leader and a Gandhi loyalist, Ambika Sonia was brought into the party by Indira Gandhi in 1969. Her father was the district collector of Amritsar during the partition and worked closely with Nehru.
Ambika Soni also worked with Sanjay Gandhi and headed the party’s frontal organisations. Ambika Soni hails from Punjab’s Hoshiarpur district and has been a Rajya Sabha member from Punjab several times.
She would most likely be the Congress’s pick for the post of the chief minister as she could balance the leadership blend of the new and the old with Navjot Singh Sidhu as the Punjab Congress chief.
Considering her stature, her appointment as the chief minister is likely to invite the least resistance.
She fought the Lok Sabha polls from Anandpur Sahib but lost.
On Saturday, Captain Amarinder Singh submitted his resignation to Governor Banwarilal Purohit. Captain Amarinder Singh said that he felt “humiliated” by the actions of the Congress party’s national leadership.
He made the announcement at a press conference after handing over his resignation to Governor Banwarilal Purohit.
This comes after Amarinder Singh informed Congress chief Sonia Gandhi that he was not interested in continuing as the chief minister if the Congress continues to sideline him, sources said.
“I was humiliated three times by the Congress leadership in the past two months. Previously MLAs were called to Delhi twice and now they convened Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting here in Chandigarh today,” Amarinder Singh told reporters on Saturday, adding, “If there is an element of doubt over my ability, I feel humiliated.”
As per sources, Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar, current state unit president Navjot Singh Sidhu, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, party leaders Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Brahm Mohindra, Vijay Inder Singla, Punjab Congress working president Kuljit Singh Nagra and MP Partap Singh Bajwa also in the race for the position.