NEW DELHI: Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Thursday claimed that the ‘actual motive’ why Amarinder Singh was changed as Punjab chief minister final yr was as a result of he was not in favour of offering free electrical energy to the poor.
“I’ll inform you why was Capt Amarinder Singh eliminated because the CM of Punjab. It’s as a result of he didn’t agree to offer free electrical energy to the poor individuals. He stated I’ve a contract with the Energy supplying firms,” he stated at an election rally in Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab.
Singh, who led the Congress to victory within the 2017 meeting elections towards the SAD-BJP mix, was changed with Charanjit Channi, who turned the chief minister in September final yr.
The rationale generally attributed to his ouster was an acrimonious feud with Congress’ Punjab chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, and the occasion high brass was believed to be siding with the latter.
It’s believed that Sidhu wished to be reinstated within the Amarinder cupboard after being dropped as a minister for purported ‘non-performance.’ This snowballed right into a ‘no holds barred’ energy tussle with fissures rising throughout the Punjab Congress.
Singh resigned as chief minister in September, as soon as it was clear that the occasion high brass was not backing him. He additionally resigned from Congress in November, and floated his personal occasion (Punjab Lok Congress) that’s contesting the elections in alliance with the BJP.
Charanjit Channi, who was not thought of a front-runner, emerged because the shock CM decide to exchange Singh. The Congress has already named him the CM-face for the upcoming Punjab elections.
Punjab will vote on February 20 in a multi-cornered contest between the Congress, AAP, PLC-BJP-SAD (Sanyukt) and SAD-BSP.