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Punjab Congress Live Updates: Senior leader Ambika Soni denies succeeding Amarinder Singh, say sources

Amarinder Singh submitted his resignation from the post of Chief Minister of Punjab to the Governor.

New Delhi:

Sources said senior Congress leader Ambika Soni was asked during a late night meeting with Rahul Gandhi to make Amarinder Singh the chief minister of Punjab, but the leader turned down the offer. Sources told NB that the party is likely to announce a new chief minister later this afternoon.

Amarinder Singh on Saturday resigned after the escalation of the political crisis in the state stemming from his feud with Navjot Sidhu.

Here are the live updates on the Punjab Congress crisis:

Punjab Congress Crisis Live: Minister Sukhjinder Randhawa at the forefront

The Congress has postponed the meeting of its MLAs after senior leader Ambika Soni refused the chief minister’s post. Sources say that Sukhjinder Randhawa, who is a cabinet minister in the Punjab government, is leading the way.

Congress’s political observers met MLA face-to-face: Sources

For Punjab, three political observers of Congress are meeting with each MLA to know their opinion on the matter. He is holding a one-on-one meeting with the MLAs, and will report to the party high command for a decision on who will be the next chief minister.

Sources said on condition of anonymity that Ambika Soni, who refused the chief minister’s post, clarified that there are “impacts” of not being a Sikh as chief minister.

Punjab Congress MLA’s meeting has been postponed till 1 pm. Sources say that the decision on the new Chief Minister can be taken today.

Punjab Congress crisis: Ambika Soni denied Punjab CM’s post, say sources

A day after Captain Amarinder Singh’s resignation, Congress leader Ambika Soni has turned down an offer to become the next Chief Minister of Punjab. Sources said that Sonia turned down the offer in a meeting with her party colleague Rahul Gandhi late last night.

Sources said on condition of anonymity that Ms Soni made it clear at the meeting that not having a Sikh as chief minister has “impacts”.

Amarinder Singh says he was “humiliated thrice”, keeps options open
In his parting shot, 79-year-old Amarinder Singh said he was “humiliated thrice” and the Congress is free to appoint “whom they trust”. read full story Here

Amarinder Singh on Saturday resigned after the escalation of the political crisis in the state stemming from his feud with Navjot Sidhu.

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