As Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh resigned from the top state position amid calls for leadership change within Punjab Congress on Saturday, 18 September, political parties reacted to the development by admonishing Congress for intense infighting in the party.
Addressing the media at the Raj Bhavan after tendering his resignation, Singh stated on Saturday that he had told party president Sonia Gandhi that he felt humiliated.
Ahead of the 2022 Punjab Assembly elections, Aam Aadmi Party acknowledged the development and called Congress a 'sinking Titanic ship'.
In a video message posted on Twitter, AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadha spoke in Punjabi and said, "Governance in the state of Punjab has been the biggest casualty in Congress's Game of Thrones."
Governance in the state of Punjab has been the biggest casualty in Congress's 'Game of Thrones' pic.twitter.com/JbbriFhHxy
— Raghav Chadha (@raghav_chadha) September 18, 2021
AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh went on to say that the Congress party is nearing its end in Punjab, adding that AAP would be the biggest beneficiary due to this, India Today reported.
Admonishing Congress as well as the BJP, AAP also remarked, "We change our politics; BJP, Congress change their chief ministers!'
हम राजनीति बदलते हैं,
BJP - Congress, मुख्यमंत्री! pic.twitter.com/nkmIwBDg5g
— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) September 18, 2021
Last week, BJP's central leadership had also cracked the whip in yet another state, as Vijay Rupani was shown the exit door after changes in leadership of Assam, Uttarakhand, and Karnataka.
'Too Much to Expect Congress to Fight BJP': Omar Abdullah
Meanwhile, Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah wrote, "I guess it’s too much to expect the Congress to take the fight to the BJP when its state leaders are too busy fighting amongst themselves."
I guess it’s too much to expect the Congress to take the fight to the BJP when its state leaders are too busy fighting amongst themselves.
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) September 18, 2021
He added, "Ordinarily, I wouldn’t give a toss about the fratricide in the Congress party - their party, their business. However, what the Congress does has a direct fallout for every political party outside the NDA orbit because almost 200 Lok Sabha seats see a direct BJP-Congress fight."
Further, Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij went on to blame Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu for the resignation saying that "its script was written on the same day Navjot Singh Sidhu entered the Congress."
कैप्टन अमरिंदर सिंह ने पंजाब के मुख्यमंत्री पद से त्यागपत्र दिया है इसकी पटकथा तो उसी दिन लिख दी गयी थी जिस दिन नवजोत सिंह सिधु का कांग्रेस में प्रवेश हुआ था क्योंकि जहां-जहां पांव पड़े ‘संतन’ के तहां-तहां बंटाधार ।
— ANIL VIJ MINISTER HARYANA (@anilvijminister) September 18, 2021
Calling Singh a 'great leader', Congress leader Kirti Azad said that his resignation will be a "great loss to Punjab politics".
— Kirti Azad (@KirtiAzaad) September 18, 2021
Earlier on Saturday, Amarinder told ANI that Congress chief Sonia Gandhi said, "I am sorry Amarinder", after he discussed his resignation with her on the phone on Saturday morning.
(With inputs from India Today)
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