Amarinder Singh launches new political party, Punjab Lok Congress; writes 7-page letter to Sonia Gandhi

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Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday resigned from the Congress as he announced the launch of his new political party, Punjab Lok Congress. Singh also wrote a seven-page letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi repeating circumstances that forced him to step down as the state’s chief minister.

In his letter to Sonia Gandhi, Singh said that how he was deeply hurt by the Congress president’s conduct. “I actually felt deeply hurt by your conduct and that of your children who I still deeply love as much as my own children, having known their father, since we were in school together since 1954, which is for 67 years now,” he said.

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Sharing his letter to Sonia Gandhi, Singh tweeted, “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.”

Singh had earlier announced his plans to join hands with the BJP in the next year’s assembly elections.

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Singh had stepped down from his post as Punjab chief minister after the Congress appointed Navjot Singh Sidhu as the new president of the state Congress. Charanjit Singh Channi was later elected as the new chief minister of Punjab. Channi was seen visiting Kedarnath in Uttarakhand along with Sidhu on Tuesday.

Singh had indicated that some Congress lawmakers in Punjab were willing to join him. However, Channi’s office said that there was no fear of defection from the Congress in Punjab adding that ministers and MLAs were firmly behind Channi.