Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh finds himself increasingly isolated in the state unit with a key meeting of party MLAs called this evening by the Congress. The meeting could spell trouble for Mr Singh, who has been the target of rebel leaders seeking his ouster.
The Chief Minister, say sources, dialled party president Sonia Gandhi, saying he “can’t continue in the party with this kind of humiliation”.
With the meeting, months after a tenuous detente was brokered between Amarinder Singh and his in-house rival Navjot Singh Sidhu, the party has all but announced that Punjab is going the way of Gujarat, where the BJP this week revamped the entire cabinet. Both states will vote next year.
Last month, the Congress has underscored that Amarinder Singh will lead the party in the coming state elections. “We will contest 2022 Punjab elections under the leadership of Captain Amarinder Singh,” said Mr Rawat, who is the party in-charge in the state. With the MLAs called for an urgent meeting, after a fresh bout of rebellion against the Chief Minister, the pace of developments in the party would worry Amarinder Singh.
Sources say names of three leaders – Sunil Jakhar, former Punjab Congress chief Pratap Singh Bajwa and Beant Singh’s grandson and MP Ravneet Singh Bittu – are doing rounds amid buzz on leadership change
Scenario 1: Amarinder Singh resigns, Congress elects new leader, leader sworn in by Governor – no crisis for Congress
Scenario 2: Amarinder refuses to resign, split in Congress: governor can call for floor test
Scenario 3: Floor test doesn’t throw up majority: Governor can dissolve house, and ask Amarinder Singh to be caretaker Chief Minister till polls in March
Scenario 4: Governor can cite political instability, farm protests, recommend President’s Rule in Punjab
Former Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar has commended his colleague Rahul Gandhi for making a decisive move to restore order in the state unit, amid pressure from Congress MLAs to replace Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.
“Kudos to Rahul Gandhi for adopting Alexandrian solution to this Punjabi version of Gordian knot. Surprisingly, this bold leadership decision to resolve Punjab Congress imbroglio has not only enthralled congress workers but has sent shudders down the spines of Akalis,” Mr Jakhar tweeted,
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, reportedly put on notice by the Congress ahead of an unprecedented meeting of MLAs called this evening, has told Sonia Gandhi he “can’t continue in the party with this kind of humiliation”, sources say.
Punjab Headed For Leadership Change? Key MLA Meet Today Amid Power Tussle
There is fresh sparking in the Punjab unit of the Congress. Citing “representation from a large number of MLAs”, the Congress, in a late night tweet, has called for a key meeting of its Punjab legislators today. The meeting could spell trouble for Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who has been the target of rebel leaders seeking his ouster.