The situation is getting complicated in the Congress party regarding the selection of leadership in Punjab. Ambika Soni, considered close to the Gandhi family, has refused to become the chief minister, saying she does not want to enter Punjab politics. At the same time, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary Pargat Singh has said that there will be no meeting of Congress MLAs (CLP) today.
It was expected that after the resignation of Amarinder Singh, the new Chief Minister of Punjab would be announced at the CLP meeting. However, Pargat Singh has said, ‘It all depends on the Congress high command. This is the prerogative of the high command. The CLP meeting was held yesterday and it has been given the mandate. There is no need for another CLP meeting.
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At the same time, sources said that Congress MP Ambika Soni has turned down the offer of the party high command to become the Chief Minister of Punjab. Soni reportedly said that she does not want to be the chief minister at this point of time and that only a Sikh should be made the chief minister in Punjab.
Congress MLA Kuldeep Singh Vaid after meeting Sunil Jakhar in Chandigarh: We are waiting for Sonia Gandhi’s order. The decision will be taken in the CLP meeting soon thereafter. There is a background and issues behind the resignation of Captain Amarinder Singh.
CLP meeting was scheduled to be held at 11 am today
Earlier it was said that the name of the next Chief Minister of Punjab is likely to be decided in the CLP meeting to be held at 11 pm today. Sonia Gandhi will choose the new leader of the legislature party who will replace Amarinder Singh as the chief minister of the state. Senior Congress leader Ajay Maken had said, “Whoever she (Sonia Gandhi) chooses, she will be accepted unanimously by all.