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Will the ‘humiliated’ Captain Amarinder Singh quit the Congress and join the BJP?

Chandigarh: In a dramatic development, Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday resigned as the Chief Minister of Punjab, ending months of power struggle that had polarized the ruling party in the electoral state. Singh’s resignation comes just ahead of the scheduled meeting of party legislators as the party high command has decided to make security changes in the border state ahead of the assembly elections to be held in the next four months.

The Chief Minister went to meet Governor Banwarilal Purohit and submitted his resignation. The move came as factionalism resurfaced in the state unit, with sections opposing him requesting a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party.

After the exit announcement, Capt Amarinder Singh Announced that he would not quit politics but would wait and explore his options. The veteran Punjab Congress leader said he felt “humiliated” by top party officials and would exercise his options in future. Singh said that as a soldier, he has “a lot of will and will be active” in the upcoming assembly elections in Punjab. “I’m not hanging my shoes,” he told reporters.

Singh also dismissed the Congress leadership’s claims that they have lost the confidence of the MLAs, calling it a lame excuse. whereas Capt Amarinder Singh Keeping his cards close to his chest, his exit as Punjab CM has opened doors for the BJP, which has failed to snatch the state from the Congress for nearly a decade.

In other electoral states, Punjab important for BJP A state where its stakes are low and where the Akalis are no longer allies. The central leadership of the BJP, which said it was keeping a close watch on developments in Punjab, knows that the saffron party’s chances of forming the government are limited. Punjab has also been a state from where farmers have strongly opposed the three controversial agriculture laws passed by the Centre.

For the BJP that jumped to Asansol MP Babul Supriyo to join its bitter rival Trinamool Congress, Amarinder Singh’s resignation in Punjab has given it a golden opportunity to capture a state that has so far resisted the saffron wave. . . Political analysts believe that Farewell of ‘Maharaja’ from the post of CM of Punjab The BJP has been given an unprecedented opportunity to raise its head in a state where it has not been able to stand on its own so far.

According to experts, Captain Amarinder Singh’s age (79) and three controversial agricultural laws stand between him and the BJP. Otherwise, the clean and nationalist image of the Congress stalwart fits the ideology and vision of both the saffron party and its parent organization, the RSS.

Interestingly, the BJP, which termed the Congress a “complete failure on all fronts”, also shrugged off his criticism of Captain Amarinder Singh, indicating enough that the saffron party is working on its strategy with the Congress stalwarts. can open its doors. Dislodge Congress from power in the next assembly elections.

Although 79-year-old Amarinder Singh fits the BJP’s unofficial cut-off age to become chief minister, both Singh and the BJP will have to figure out how the two can collaborate better in the future. But it is true that at this point of time the BJP lacks a credible face to support its election campaign. According to political analysts, age is an issue that can be easily overlooked and managed.

It may be noted that Singh has made it clear that he will not join the Akali Dal and has not decided on “other parties”. If not the BJP, he may consider joining hands with the Arvind Kejriwal-led Arvind Kejriwal, which is rapidly expanding its base in Punjab.

So far, likely Amarinder Singh It is difficult to form a new party, but he can always spoil the game of Congress by sitting outside. To avenge the ‘humiliation’ he faced despite years of loyalty to the Congress, he may join a national level party like the BJP, which could be his best party.

Captain Amarinder is an acceptable mass leader among Hindus in Punjab. His military background, his nationalist views, his stance on national security issues targeting Navjot Singh Sidhu on Kashmir, terrorism and Pakistan, his Pakistan connection – all this may work in his favor, should he ever decide to join. It is saffron party.

Singh’s inclusion will also benefit the BJP substantially, provided it agrees to amend three agricultural laws or possibly enact a law on MSP – a key demand of farmer bodies and the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh.

By Naveen Bharat Staff

 

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