Amarinder stated that he would not leave politics, but would wait to explore and exercise his future options when the time comes.
While several names, including Sunil Jakhar’s, were circulating, Congressional sources said there was a strong possibility that Sidhu would replace the Captain and that he will likely take the oath before the shradh begins.
Amarinder resigned with a one-line resignation letter to pre-empt what was seen as a move to remove him from the post of chief minister through an emergency meeting of the Congressional Legislative Party called by the AICC at 5pm. He met with the governor less than half an hour before the meeting.
“I had made a decision in the morning. I spoke with the president of the Congress (Sonia Gandhi), and I informed her that I would resign today. ‘I’m sorry, Amarinder,” Sonia Gandhi said when I spoke with her, “he told the media afterwards. to surrender his resignation to Governor Banwarilal Purohit, just six months before the scheduled date of the assembly elections.
“Apparently, they (the high command of Congress) have no confidence in me and did not think that I could handle my work. This is the third time a party MLA meeting has been held in a few months … But I feel humiliated by the way it has been done. I decided that I will leave the position of CM and they can name who they trust ”, he said. The governor asked Amarinder to remain in office for the routine business transaction until alternate arrangements were made, a Raj Bhavan spokesman said.
When asked if he would accept whoever Congress chose as the new CM, Amarinder said: “I will not (commit) at this time. I will now consult my associates and supporters and then make a decision. I have been in politics for 52 years and I am still CM for 9.5 years … They have supported me. I’ll talk to them and then decide. ”
On speculation that he might even join the BJP, he said: “You can say what you want. I can only tell you that I have been CM of Congress and I am in the Congress party. ”
Sources said Amarinder’s request to cancel the legislative party meeting was not honored, prompting him to resign. It was speculated that more than 40 MLA who had requested the meeting would go against him. Harish Rawat had announced an emergency meeting of the MLA late on Friday.
Amarinder was accompanied to Raj Bhavan by his wife, MP Preneet Kaur, and son Raninder Singh, along with MPs Gurjeet Singh Aujla and Ravneet Singh Bittu, AG Atul Nanda and CM Senior Chief Secretary Suresh Kumar.
Shortly after his resignation, the MLA in Congress passed a resolution authorizing the head of the party, Sonia Gandhi, to choose his successor. In another resolution, the outgoing CM was thanked for its contribution. Rawat said after the meeting that, in keeping with congressional tradition, it had been unanimously decided that the party chairman would appoint the next party leader to the legislature.
In addition to Rawat, two observers sent by AICC, Ajay Maken and Harish Choudhary, arrived in Chandigarh on Saturday afternoon to attend that meeting. Former CM Rawat of Uttarakhand, who had recently said that Congress would fight for re-election in 2022 under Amarinder’s captaincy, said the outgoing CM played a key role in addressing the challenges facing the state.