Exit Captain CM
The signs of discontent were visible. Nobody can say they didn’t see this coming. After a months-long drama that played out from Chandigarh to Delhi, Congress veteran Amarinder Singh resigned as Chief Minister of Punjab, stating he was feeling “humiliated” by the party leadership and suggesting that all courses of action were open to him.
In fact, the first warning sign had come early in 2017, barely five months after Amarinder took over as CM. As many as 33 newly-elected MLAs wrote to him seeking a probe into the alleged role of former Akali minister Bikram Singh Majithia in a drugs case. That letter gathered dust. The MLAs hoped “big fish” would be ensnared but nothing happened.
One of the most persistent charges, or conspiracy theories, levelled against Amarinder is that he has a secret pact with the BJP, and far more damagingly, with his main political opponent, the Badals. Even fielding him from the Badal bastion of Lambi (apart from his traditional constituency of Patiala) could not make the political bad odour go away.
Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra played key roles in the central leadership’s decision to replace Amarinder. Now, the next big question is: Will there be leadership change in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh too where factions have been at loggerheads?
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Unlike the developments in Punjab, this one struck like a thunderbolt. Former Union minister Babul Supriyo has switched to Trinamool Congress. In this interview, he says that it was a quick decision, but not something he would regret.
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