You turned a blind eye: Captain in letter to Sonia

You chose to turn a blind eye: Captain Amarinder Singh in resignation letter to Sonia Gandhi

In his official exit from the Grand Old Party, Singh said Sidhu's only claim to fame was abusing him and his government

Former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Credit: AFP Photo

Former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday formally resigned from the Congress while mincing no words condemning Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi for "patronising" Navjot Singh Sidhu, whom he referred to as "an acolyte of the Pakistani deep state".

Singh (79), in a seven-page resignation, even castigated Congress president Sonia Gandhi for choosing to turn a blind eye to the shenanigans of Sidhu. Captain also lashed out at party General Secretary in-charge Harish Rawat for aiding and abetting Sidhu in his mischief designs while referring to Harish Rawat as "perhaps the most dubious individual he had the occasion to make acquaintance of".

“Unfortunately, rather than being reined in, he (Sidhu) was patronised by Rahul and Priyanka, while you (Sonia Gandhi) chose to turn a blind eye to the shenanigans of this gentleman (Sidhu),” Capt said.

Singh announced his new regional political outfit named Punjab Lok Congress weeks after he was unceremoniously ousted as the CM after a prolonged acrimony with state Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu. Singh then said he was resigning as he felt humiliated.

In the resignation letter, Singh said, “I actually felt deeply hurt by your (Sonia Gandhi) conduct and that of your children who I still deeply love as much as my own children, having known their father, since we were in school together since 1954, which is for 67 years now”.

He lambasted Sidhu saying he was “an acolyte of the Pakistani deep state” and an unstable mind. He wrote, “Despite my profound reservations and over the unanimous advice of almost all the MPs from Punjab, you (Sonia Gandhi) chose to appoint an acolyte of the Pakistani deep state Navjot Sidhu who had publicly hugged the Pakistan Army Chief Gen Bajwa and Prime Minister Imran Khan, as the President of the Punjab Congress Committee.”

While patting himself on the back for running an honest and transparent government, Singh mentioned how his government “shepherded" a bill through the state assembly in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling on the Waters issue. He revealed he earned the wrath after he passed the bill claiming that the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh came close to dismissing his government in 2005.

“I am neither tired nor retired, '' he wrote, adding, ”I intend to soldier on and not fade away."

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