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Punjab Lok Congress: Name of Amarinder Singh’s party

Capt Singh in a letter of resignation to INC president Sonia Gandhi expressed disappointment at his marginalisation in Punjab Congress

Captain Amarinder Singh on 2 November sent a seven-page resignation letter to Indian National Congress (INC) president Sonia Gandhi. The former Punjab Chief Minister announced the launching of his own party, which he said will be named the Punjab Lok Congress.

Tweeting about it, the captain said, “I have today sent my resignation to INC President Ms Sonia Gandhi ji, listing my reasons for the resignation. ‘Punjab Lok Congress’ is the name of the new party. The registration is pending approval with the ECI. The party symbol will be approved later.”

In the resignation letter, Singh listed out his achievements as chief minister and slammed the Gandhis for a ‘conspiracy’ to oust him from the state government. He lashed out at Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and senior party leader Harish Rawat.

Singh told the INC chief that despite knowing him “for the better part of his 52 years in public life” and “that too at a deeply personal level”, she never “understood” him or his “character”.

Borrowing from a famous quote of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, “na tire, na retire”, the captain wrote, “You thought I was getting on in years and should be put to pasture. I am neither tired nor retired. I feel I have a lot to give and contribute to my beloved Punjab. I intend to soldier on and not fade away.”

Expressing his anguish over Sidhu being given the charge of the Punjab Congress chief, he said, “Despite my profound reservations and over the unanimous advice of almost all MPs from Punjab, you chose to appoint an acolyte of the Pakistani deep state Navjot Sidhu who had publicly hugged the Pakistan Army chief Gen Bajwa and Prime Minister Imran Khan.”

“Khan and Bajwa are the people responsible for sending terrorists across the border to kill Indians,” he said.

Hitting out at the cricketer-turned-politician, Amarinder wrote, “Sidhu’s only claim to fame was that he would abuse me and my government on a regular basis. I am old enough to be his father but that did not stop him from using the filthiest and most vile language against me both publicly and privately.”

He accused Rahul and Priyanka of ‘patronising’ Sidhu.

“Unfortunately, rather than being reined in, he was patronised by Rahul and Priyanka, while you chose to turn a blind eye to the shenanigans of this gentleman who was aided and abetted by the general secretary in-charge Harish Rawat, perhaps the most dubious individual I had the occasion to make acquaintance off,” Captain said.

The development comes ahead of the 2022 Punjab Assembly elections.

Singh, notably, had resigned in September as the Punjab chief minister and had announced that he will be quitting the INC after months of a rift with the party’s state chief Navjot Singh Sidhu. The 78-year old had told the media that the INC leadership had let him down. Captain was then replaced by Charanjit Singh Channi as the chief minister.

Meanwhile, infighting in Punjab Congress continues as Sidhu on 2 November slammed Channi for promising ‘lollipops’. The Punjab Congress chief said that Punjab’s welfare comes from a roadmap and not by tactics. His attack against his own government in Punjab came after the chief minister announced an 11% hike in dearness allowance for state government and slashed power rates by Rs 3 per unit for the domestic sector.

“Give people lollipops in the last two months. The question is from where they will (government) give it? Is the objective just to form government by telling lies and making false promises? Way of Punjab`s welfare comes from a roadmap,” Sidhu said.

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