New Delhi: Punjab offers a study in contrasts. Chief minister of that state Amrinder Singh suddenly resigned on Saturday. Congress Legislature Party met in the evening and authorised Sonia Gandhi to choose his successor.
A couple of days back Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani had also tendered his resignation. It was also a development of which there was no prior notice.
The first state is being ruled by an old party, the Congress. The second has the BJP at the helm.
Central observers were sent to both the states. In Gujarat party legislators were unanimously in favour of Bhupendra Patel. The choice was not left to party president J P Nadda.
The outgoing chief minister made no complaint against the party leadership and had expressed desire to work in any capacity.
The BJP changed chief ministers in two other states as well in recent months.
The situation was different in Punjab. Not only did Amrinder held a press conference to speak his mind out but levelled several charges against state party president Navjot Singh Sidhu who may succeed him.
A party member for more than 40 years and a chief minister for over nine years was, to quote him, ” humiliated and forced to resign”. He also called it a betrayal and made no secret of his hate for former cricketer.
” I will oppose him and do everything possible to see that he does not become chief minister of Punjab”, he said. He did not disclose his future plans.
Punjab is one of the few states ruled by the party now. It had its governments in more than 15 states at one point of time.