After listing his various achievements and struggles, Capt. Amarinder attacked the party’s decision to elevate Navjot Sidhu: “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 lmran Khan, as the President of the Punjab Congress Committee. Khan and Bajwa are the people responsible for sending terrorists across the border to kill Indians. It may be noted that 82 of Punjabi soldiers have been martyred in Jammu and Kashmir since my government took over in 2017.”
Sidhu’s only claim to fame was that he would abuse me and my government on a regular basis. I am old enough to be his father but that did not stop him from using the filthiest and most vile language against me both publicly and privately.
“Unfortunately, rather than being reined in, he was patronised by Rahul and Priyanka, while you chose to turn a blind eye to the shenanigans of this gentleman who was aided and abetted by the General Secretary In-charge Harish Rawat, perhaps the most dubious individual I had the occasion to make acquaintance off,” he added.
‘Who is secular?’
Capt. Amarinder also cast doubt on the party’s allegiance to its secular ideals. “A party that today hurls accusations at me for taking up the farmers’ cause with the NDA/BJP Government at the Centre did not think twice before getting into bed with the Shiv Sena when it suited it. Who is Communal and who is therefore Secular, it is for the people to judge. They are no fools.”
When you [Sonia Gandhi] chose to appoint a person who had been with the BJP for 14 years as PPCC President , I thought to myself where has the Congress come to. However his appointment was only a continuum given that Nana Patole from the BJP and Revnath Reddy from the RSS had earlier been appointed as Presidents of Maharashtra and Telangana respectively.
The former CM also said he took strong exception to the way a Congress Legislative Party meeting was called to oust him. “The most egregious act was the midnight conspiracy carried out against me at your and your children’s behest by calling a CLP meeting over my head in the dead of the night and that too through Twitter. It was my prerogative as the CLP leader to have called the meeting if the AICC desired it. It was only early the next morning that a colleague informed me that such an outrageous act had been committed.”
‘Foul taste in my mouth’
“I immediately realized that the intention was to belittle and humiliate this self-respecting old soldier. You called me at 10.15am the next morning and asked me to resign. I did so without batting even an eyelid. However the crude manner in which the whole operation was executed by the undertakers of the AICC left a very foul taste in the mouth,” he wrote.
“Despite knowing me for the better part of my 52 years in public life and that too at a deeply personal level you never understood me or my character. You thought I was getting on in years and should be put to pasture. I am neither tired nor retired. I feel I have a lot to give and contribute to my beloved Punjab. I intend to soldier on and not fade away.”
‘Hurt by conduct of Rahul, Priyanka’
“I actually felt deeply hurt by your 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. Having been put through this exercise, during the past few months, I do hope that no other senior Congressperson is subjected to the ignominy that I was put through.”
Shortly after announcing his resignation, Capt. Amarinder said his new political party would be called the Punjab Lok Congress.
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