Amarinder Singh likely to launch new political party today
- Amarinder was quoted as saying by Thukral that he planned to soon announce his political party
- On September 18, Singh resigned as the Punjab Chief Minister
- The Congress later picked Sikh-Dalit leader Charanjit Singh Channi as the CM
Former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh is likely to launch a new political party on Wednesday, the Punjab Lok Congress, Hindustan Times reported quoting people familiar with the developments.
A formal announcement is expected at a media conference called by the two-time former CM in Chandigarh.
In a tweet, Singh's media advisor Raveen Thukral said, "The event will be telecast live on his Facebook page. Do tune in."
Earlier, Amarinder was quoted as saying by Thukral that he planned to soon announce his political party, and was hopeful of sealing a seat arrangement with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) if the farmers' issue was resolved.
On September 18, Singh resigned as the Punjab Chief Minister after a bitter tussle with state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu amid infighting in the state party unit. The Congress later picked Sikh-Dalit leader Charanjit Singh Channi as the CM.
Amarinder later said he was quitting the Congress — a day after a meeting with Union home minister Amit Shah though he described the interaction as a “courtesy call”.
When asked about the impending announcement by Amarinder, deputy chief minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, one of the Congress leaders who rebelled against the former CM and has been targeting him over his links with former Pakistani journalist Aroosa Alam, said no one can be stopped from charting his own political course.