New Delhi: As the dramatic events in the Punjab Congress are unfolding, the Congress high command has reportedly asked the embattled Chief Minister of Punjab, Amarinder Singh, to step down from the post to facilitate the election of a new leader. The development comes hours ahead of AICC’s decision to convene a meeting of the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) on Saturday evening in the wake of a fresh letter by a section of the MLA.
According to sources, the leader revealed that he spoke to party president Sonia Gandhi this morning and told her he is being humiliated and will instead resign from the party.
Sources said former PCC president Sunil Jakhar, once an associate of the Chief Minister, is among the names being considered for the chief minister’s post.
There are two different versions of the Gandhi-Singh telephonic conversation. Sources said Gandhi called him in the morning and told him about the party’s wish. He is likely to submit his resignation shortly, a source privy to the development said.
Another source said he has told her he will quit the party.
It is learnt that the top party leadership got into action this morning to convey the wish of the party high command and the Punjab Congress MLAs.
The AICC has received a representation from a large number of MLAs from the congress party, requesting to immediately convene a meeting of the Congress Legislative Party of Punjab. Accordingly, a meeting of the CLP has been convened at 5:00 PM on 18th September at …..1/2 pic.twitter.com/BT5mKEnDs5
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The Congress had, Saturday midnight, announced that a CLP meeting would be held after a representation from party MLAs. Sources said a one-line resolution will be passed in the CLP authorising the Congress president to nominate the CLP leader, a source said.
The party, it seems, is planning to nominate the next chief minister soon and is also preparing for the swearing-in before the inauspicious days of shradh begin.