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‘Rethink, not help BJP’: Harish Rawat after Amarinder Singh declares to ‘leave’ Cong

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: As Captain Amarinder Singh announced to ‘leave’ Congress – days after tendering his resignation from the Chief Minister post, AICC in-charge of Punjab Harish Rawat on Friday urged him to “rethink” and not help BJP in any way. 

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Denying reports of Singh being sidelined by the Congress, Rawat said that former Punjab CM’s recent statements sound as if he is under “some pressure”. “No facts in reports that state Captain Amarinder Singh was insulted by Congress. It appears from Captain’s recent statements that he is under some sort of pressure. He should rethink, and not help BJP directly or indirectly,” Rawat said as per media reports. 

He added, “All that has been done by the Congress party till now is to protect the respect and dignity of Captain Amarinder Singh and increase the party’s chances (in 2022 assembly polls) in Punjab.” 

On September 18, one of the Congress’ most powerful regional satraps, Mr Singh resigned – just four months before the Punjab election – telling Congress president Sonia Gandhi he felt humiliated by the Congress. Later, his meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah gave rise to speculations of him joining BJP and today confirming the conjecture Singh clarified, “I will be leaving the Congress party. I am not remaining in Congress, I am not joining the BJP.” 

Captain’s unexpected meet with Shah at his Delhi residence was seen as a big political move, the former Punjab CM rebuffed the speculations alleging it was to discuss farmers’ agitation on Centre’s three farm laws. Captain also met National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval during his Delhi visit. 

Furthermore, Singh has also removed the Congress’ reference from his Twitter bio, which now reads, “Army Veteran | Former Chief Minister Punjab | Continuing to serve the State”. His future political course remains to be seen. 

Leaving the party fretting and fuming, a few days after Singh’s resignation, his bête noire Navjot Singh Sidhu stepped down from the post of Punjab Congress chief. Hitting out at Sidhu, Singh said on Thursday, “I had said it before also that Navjot Singh Sidhu is not the right man for Punjab, and if he contests, I will not let him win.” 

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