New Delhi | Jagran Politics Desk: Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday met Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi amid the Punjab Congress crisis and speculations around his joining BJP. After the meeting, Singh's media Advisor Raveen Thukra said the purpose of the meeting was to discuss prolonged farmers’ agitation against the farm laws.
"Met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi. Discussed prolonged farmers’ agitation against Farm Laws&urged him to resolve crisis urgently with repeal of the laws&guarantee MSP, besides supporting Punjab in crop diversification," Thukra was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
This comes after Singh stepped down from the position of the chief minister of Punjab a week ago. This was his first meeting with Amit Shah after his resignation on September 18.
As per media reports, Singh might join the BJP ahead of the Punjab Assembly polls scheduled to be held next year. However, the former military veteran has not given any confirmation on this yet.
If Singh joins BJP it is said to aid the party in strengthening its roots in the Congress dominant state. Singh's association with BJP will also send a major jolt to the party high command who is already facing a crisis in the Punjab unit.
Several top leaders including newly-appointed Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned from their posts amid a dispute over leadership in the state.
Singh is at loggerheads with Sidhu. His resignation was majorly said to be influenced by the Congress high command's favouring attitude towards Sidhu.
After his resignation, Singh openly vowed to challenge Sidhu's appointment as the next chief minister of Punjab. He said that Sidhu is not capable of handling the security of Punjab as he is friends with Pakitan's Prime Minister. He also mocked Sidhu's resignation saying "I told you so... he is not a stable man and not fit for the border state of Punjab."
Earlier, Thukral had said, "too much being read into Captain Amarinder's visit to Delhi".
"He is on a personal visit, during which he'll meet some friends and vacate Kapurthala House (the Punjab Chief Minister's residence in the national capital) ... No need for unnecessary speculation," he had added.
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