In a major political development in Punjab, the former chief minister of Punjab Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday pointedly said that he had made up his mind to leave Congress and that he would not be joining Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) either.
The announcement of Capt Amarinder Singh, one of the tallest Congress leaders and two-time chief minister of Punjab, holds a potential to significantly change the political dynamics of the state in days to come as Punjab goes to poll in the next about four months’ time.
Also, it held significance in the wake of the talks that were galore that Capt Amarinder Singh might join BJP after he was forced to resign as chief minister earlier this month because of bad blood in the ruling Congress, when he called on Union home minister Amit Shah in Delhi on Wednesday.
Capt Amarinder Singh, who returned from Delhi on Thursday evening, told media persons that though he had met Shah as well as national security adviser Ajit Doval it was on the issues pertaining to the security situation in Punjab in the wake of troubles fomented by Pakistan.
Capt Amarinder Singh further said that since he felt humiliated and insulted for not being trusted by the party high command, he had decided to leave the party.
RESPITE FOR CONG AS CHANNI, SIDHU MEET
Meanwhile, in another significant development which indicated a little respite for the Congress, Navjot Singh Sidhu, who had quit from the post of state party unit president over the appointments of some top officials and ministers, held a meeting with the newly appointed chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Thursday afternoon.
Though none of the state leaders briefed the newspersons about the details of the meeting, it was learnt that the leaders had agreed to some changes in the appointments.
Meanwhile, according to official information, Channi has also called a Cabinet meeting at the Secretariat here on October 4.