Not joining BJP, but will quit Congress: Amarinder

Congress leader and former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday that he is not joining the Bharatiya Janata Party but definitely quitting the Congress.

“So far I am in the Congress but I will not remain in the Congress. I have already made my position very clear. I will not be treated in this manner,” the former Punjab chief minister told NDTV.

The former CM also changed his Twitter bio removing Congress party affiliations from it.

Amarinder also predicted the Congress’s downfall in Punjab and called Navjot Singh Sidhu a “childish man” who had been given a serious job by the party.

“I have been in politics for 52 years. I have my own beliefs, my own principles. The way I have been treated. At 10.30 am the Congress President says you resign. I didn’t ask any questions. I said I will do it just now. At 4 pm I went to the Governor and resigned. If you doubt me after 50 years and my credibility is at stake. If there is no trust, what is the point of me staying in the party,” he said.

On Wednesday, Amarinder met Union Home Minister Amit Shah amid speculation that he may join the saffron party.

After the meeting, Singh had said that he discussed the prolonged farmers stir with the home minister.

The Congress had hand-picked Charanjit Singh Channi, a member of the scheduled caste community, as the chief minister of Punjab after Amarinder Singh resigned from the post alleging that he has been humiliated following an open revolt by the faction led by Navjot Singh Sidhu.

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