Captain Amarinder Singh resigned as the Punjab chief minister on Saturday, amid the ongoing political tussle with Navjot Singh Sidhu who was recently appointed as the chief of the Congress' Punjab unit. He made the announcement at a press conference after handing over his resignation to Governor Banwarilal Purohit.
The resignation comes less than five months before the Assembly elections in Punjab, and less than an hour before a legislature party (CLP) meeting called by the Congress party.
"I was humiliated three times by the Congress leadership in the past two months. Previously MLAs were called to Delhi twice and now they convened Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting here in Chandigarh today," Amarinder Singh told reporters on Saturday, adding, "If there is any element of doubt over my ability, I feel humiliated.”
Captain Amarinder said he would decide his future political course of action in consultation with his supporters who have stood by him for over five decades. “There is always an option, and I will use that option when the time comes. At the moment I am still in Congress,” he said after submitting his resignation.
“Apparently the Congress high command does not have confidence in me and did not think I could handle my job. But I felt humiliated at the manner in which they handled the whole affair,” he told mediapersons at the gate of the Raj Bhavan after giving his resignation letter to the Governor.
Taking to Twitter, Capt Amarinder Singh also shared his picture handing over his resignation to the Punjab Governor.
Submitted my resignation to Honble Governor. pic.twitter.com/sTH9Ojfvrh— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) September 18, 2021
His wife and MP Preneet Kaur, accompanied him to the Governor's house. His son Raninder Singh was also present, along with MPs Gurjeet Singh Aujla and Ravneet Singh Bittu, AG Atul Nanda and Chief Principal Secretary to CM Suresh Kumar.