New Delhi: Former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday declared that he will form a new party and said he was “hopeful of a seat arrangement” with BJP in the state if the farmers’ issue is resolved. Singh also said that he is looking at alliance with breakaway Akali groups ahead of next year’s assembly elections in the state.
In a series of tweets, Singh’s media advisor Raveen Thukral quoted him as saying, “Will soon announce the launch of my own political party to serve the interests of Punjab & its people, including our farmers who’ve been fighting for their survival for over a year.”
Days before today’s announcement, India Ahead had, in its report on September 30, projected a possibility of Singh forming a new party after the veteran leader made it clear that he will not stay with Congress, and neither will he join BJP. Singh had said he would leave the Congress as he had been “utterly humiliated” and was not trusted.
Singh resigned as chief minister of Punjab last month after a bitter feud with Navjot Singh Sidhu and infighting in the state Congress. The party replaced him with Charanjit Singh Channi.
Looking at the future prospects of joining hands with BJP and Akali groups, Thukral quoted Singh saying, “Hopeful of a seat arrangement with @BJP4India in 2022 Punjab Assembly polls if #FarmersProtest is resolved in farmers’ interest. Also looking at alliance with like-minded parties such as breakaway Akali groups, particularly Dhindsa & Brahmpura factions.”
“I will not rest till I can secure the future of my people and my state. Punjab needs political stability and protection from internal & external threats. I promise my people I will do what it takes to ensure its peace and security, which is today at stake,” Thukral quoted Singh as saying.
Singh had recently rubbished rumours of him being with BJP and lashed out at party colleague Pargat Singh terming his statements as “ridiculous stories for cheap publicity”. Targeting his bête noire Navjot Singh Sidhu along with Pargat Singh, the former Punjab chief minister had said, “This is the height of irresponsibility from a state minister. You and @sherryontopp are clearly birds of the same feather, with nothing better to do than cook up ridiculous stories for cheap publicity.”