'Will field candidate against Navjot Sidhu in upcoming polls': Amarinder Singh
Chandigarh/IBNS: Amarinder Singh, who recently resigned as the chief minister of Punjab amid pressure from Congress leadership over infighting, has dropped hints in various interviews to media, that he will field a candidate against party's state chief Navjot Singh Sidhu in the upcoming Assembly election.
Singh reportedly threatened to "make any sacrifice" to stop Sidhu from becoming the Chief Minister of Punjab.
In various interviews, Singh also said he had been asked to continue by Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi when he had offered to quit three weeks ago.
However, he went on to describe senior leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as "inexperienced and misguided".
"I was ready to leave after the victory but never after a loss... If she (Sonia Gandhi) had just called me and asked me to step down, I would have. As a soldier, I know how to do my task and leave once I am called back," he was quoted as saying in an NDTV report.
Singh said he had told Sonia Gandhi he was ready to quit and pave the way for someone else to take over after leading the Congress in the Punjab polls.
"But that did not happen, so I will fight," he warned.
"I would not have taken MLAs on a flight to Goa or some other place. That is not how I operate. I don't do gimmicks, and the Gandhi siblings know that is not my way... Priyanka and Rahul are like my children... this should not have ended like this. I am hurt," he was further quoted by the channel.
"If Sidhu behaves as the super CM, the party won't function. Under this drama master's leadership, it would be a big thing if the Congress manages to touch double digits in the Punjab polls," he added.
Singh on Saturday resigned as Punjab Chief Minister triggering a new challenge in the political situation of the state.
He resigned amid infighting with Sidhu and said that he felt "humiliated by the way talks transpired".
"I feel humiliated by the way talks transpired. I spoke with the Congress president this morning, told them that I will be resigning today," he had said in a press conference.
Following the resignation, the Congress named Charanjit Singh Channi the chief minister of Punjab even as the party struggled to restore control in the northern state.
Channi, 48, is the first Dalit Chief Minister of Punjab.