Ex Punjab CM Amarinder Singh quits from Congress; forms new party

Punjab:  Amarinder Singh, the former Punjab chief minister, resigned from the Congress on Tuesday and announced the formation of a new political party, the Punjab Lok Congress. Following a squabble with Congress Punjab chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, he was forced to resign as chief minister in September.

Taking to Twitter handle Amarinder Singh wrote: “I have today sent my resignation to @INCIndia President Ms Sonia Gandhi ji, listing my reasons for the resignation. ‘Punjab Lok Congress’ is the name of the new party. The registration is pending approval with the @ECISVEEP. The party symbol will be approved later."

Sidhu's only claim to fame, Singh wrote in his resignation letter to Sonia Gandhi, was that he would abuse him and his government. "While you chose to turn a blind eye to the shenanigans of this gentleman who was aided and abetted by Harish Rawat, perhaps the most dubious individual," the former chief minister said.

He said he felt humiliated by the way the party high command treated him after resigning as chief minister. Singh, a powerful regional satrap for the Congress, filed his papers after speaking with Sonia Gandhi, the party's president, and just before a crucial meeting of the Congress Legislature Party.

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