A month after resigning from the post of the Chief Minister of Punjab, senior Congress leader Amarinder Singh is all set to launch his new party and mulls to open gates for BJP if his condition is met. Singh, who had been prefixed as Captain, has ended his Chief Ministerial innings on September 18, 2021, as the sequel of the political crisis in the state.
As he is going to keep a big political step ahead with his new party, the announcement has drawn major attention and stirred debates over how his party would perform in the Punjab assembly polls, which will be held next year. Singh has resigned from the post last month after a tussle with Punjab Congress Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and the former was replaced by Charanjit Singh Channi.
On Tuesday, Amarinder Singh has said that he would announce his own political party soon and expressed his hope to ally with the BJP, if the Central ruling party pays heed to his one condition - the farmers' protests and issue must be resolved in their interest. He said to his supporters, "The battle for Punjab's future is on. I Will soon announce the launch of my own political party to serve the interests of Punjab and its people, including our farmers' who have been fighting for over a year for their survival."
According to PTI, Amarinder Singh's media adviser has released Singh's statement on Twitter in which he further said, "Punjab needs political stability and protection from internal and external threats. I promise my people I will do what it takes to ensure its peace and security, which is today at stake." "Hopeful of a seat arrangement with BJP in 2022 Punjab Assembly polls if farmers protest is resolved in farmers' interest. Also looking at alliance with like-minded parties such as breakaway Akali groups, particularly Dhindsa and Brahmpura factions."
After tendering his resignation as the Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh, who is one of the prominent political figures in the country, has said that he was humiliated by the Congress and that several events were unfolded against him in the party while he was in power. It was already speculated that 79-year-old Singh, the two-time Chief Minister, is capitalizing his exit from Congress to become a gamechanger in the upcoming Punjab assembly polls.
Recently, the reports had said that Singh has finalized his party's name as 'Punjab Vikas Party'. He has chosen this name as it has got a good endorsement from his supporters and when it comes to the campaign trail, the state could witness several Congress leaders allying behind Amarinder Singh's new captaincy. Singh is working with an utmost agenda of defeating his rival Navjot Singh Sidhu in the upcoming assembly polls as Sidhu had played a major role in the change of guard in the state.
It was Sidhu's supporter that the Gandhis had picked to replace Singh as the Chief Minister of Punjab. Amarinder Singh has called Sidhu 'anti-national' and 'dangerous' and said he would field a strong candidate against Sidhu in the upcoming assembly polls. Earlier, Singh has said that he will neither join BJP nor will stay with the Congress party.
Weeks after his resignation, Amarinder Singh has met with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, which sparked speculations that the former Chief Minister of Punjab would be joining the BJP. However, denying such speculations, Singh had claimed that he had discussed the farmers' protests with Amit Shah and urged the Union government to scrap the three contentious farm bills.