Will Amarinder Singh join BJP? Likely to call on PM Modi today

Senior Congress leader and Ex Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh is expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on Thursday. Rumours are rife that Amarinder could join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the next year's Assembly elections in Punjab.

Amarinder Singh  said that he discussed the prolonged farmers' protest with Amit Shah at the latter's residence. After his meeting that lasted for about 45 minutes, Singh tweeted "met Union Home Minister Amit Shahji in Delhi. Discussed the prolonged farmers' agitation against farm laws and urged him to resolve the crisis urgently with the repeal of the laws and guarantee MSP. Earlier on Wednesday, Amarinder met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi, triggering talks over his future move after resigning as CM.

After the Singh-Shah meeting, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala alleged that Amit Shah's residence has become the centre of anti-Dalit politics. In a series of tweets in Hindi, he said, "The arrogance of the those sitting in power has been hurt. Because if a Dalit is made the Chief Minister, then they ask who is making the decisions in the Congress." "The centre of anti-Dalit politics is nowhere else but Amit Shah's residence," he alleged.

Speculation are rife that the Bharatiya Janata Party would get a strong boost in Punjab if Amarinder joins its ranks. Till the 2017 state assembly election, it had played second fiddle to the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) led by the state’s former deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. SAD, alongwith Maharashtra-centric party Shiv Sena, was one of the oldest allies of the BJP.

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