Former Chief Minister of Punjab Amarinder Singh Saturday said his decision to separate from Congress was final and denied having had “behind-the-scenes discussions” with the party.
Singh was responding to a media report claiming senior congressional leaders were holding talks to convince him to stay in the party. “The time for reconciliation is over,” he said.
The former chief minister of Punjab has made it clear that he will not stay in Congress but will soon launch his own political party.
“I will hold seat-sharing talks with BJP, Akali dissident factions and others for Punjab elections once the farmers’ problem is resolved, ”Singh’s media advisor Raveen Thukral said, quoting his remarks. “I want to build a strong collective force for the benefit of the Punjab and its farmers.”
Singh had announced on Wednesday that his new political party would contest all 117 seats in the Punjab Assembly elections scheduled for next year. “The name [of the party] will be announced once the Election Commission has approved it with the symbol, ”he added. Singh claimed that many congressional leaders would join his party.
Singh had resigned as chief minister of the Punjab in September after a bitter feud with the leader of the Punjabic Congress, Navjot Singh Sidhu. Since then, Singh has repeatedly criticized Congress for humiliating him.
Days after stepping down from the top post, Singh met Interior Minister Amit Shah in Delhi, sparking speculation he would join the BJP.
Singh’s media adviser dismissed the speculation, but said the former Punjab’s chief minister would consider forming an alliance with the BJP and dissident groups Akali Dal ahead of the state assembly elections.
After the announcement, Congress leader Harish Rawat said Singh appeared to have “killed the secular Amarinder in him”.
But Singh reminded him that Congress took Sidhu after his 14-year stint with the BJP.