(MENAFN- NewsBytes) The Congress party has asked Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to resign from the post and allow the election of a new leader, reports say. He, however, appears unrelenting and has instead threatened to quit the party, sources told NDTV. The drama unfolds even as the Congress is set to hold a meeting of its Punjab MLAs this evening.
In this article
- 'Can't continue in party with this kind of humiliation'
- What will happen in Punjab now?
- How did the Punjab Congress crisis unfold?
- Punjab Assembly elections due next year
- 'Congress is exposed': AAP slams the party
Details 'Can't continue in party with this kind of humiliation'
More than 50 of 80 Punjab Congress MLAs have written to party chief Sonia Gandhi , demanding Singh's replacement as the CM. Singh, however, told her that he would leave the party. "This kind of humiliation is enough, this is happening for the third time. I can't continue to stay in the party with this kind of humiliation," he reportedly said.
Future What will happen in Punjab now?
Punjab's future will be decided in Congress ' meeting, scheduled for 5 pm. If Singh refuses to resign, Congress may have to face a floor test. The Governor can also cite political instability to recommend President's Rule in Punjab. If Singh quits, he will be replaced soon. Names of Sunil Jakhar, Pratap Singh Bajwa, and Ravneet Singh Bittu are doing the rounds as potential replacements.
Crisis How did the Punjab Congress crisis unfold?
The ongoing crisis in the Punjab Congress has deepened over the past several months. In July, the party appointed Navjot Singh Sidhu as the chief of its state unit, despite fierce resistance from CM Singh and his loyalists. Even though the move was seen as a truce, controversial comments made by Sidhu's advisers had further escalated the tussle.
Information Punjab Assembly elections due next year
The Congress is apparently planning to nominate the next Chief Minister soon and facilitate the swearing-in ceremony before the inauspicious days of shradh begin. Punjab is set to go to polls early next year.
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