The Bharatiya Janata Party is keeping a close watch on the developments in Punjab and Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh has submitted his resignation from the chief minister’s post to the state’s Governor Banwarilal Purohit.
With Punjab going for assembly elections months, party sources said the equations have changed and it would rather just sit and watch than take any hasty steps.
The top leadership in the party is monitoring the situation in the state. There are 117 assembly seats in Punjab, where elections are due early next year.
There was some apprehension in party circles that the unbroken factionalism could lead to the Chief Minister resigning or the state government may file a case against the Akali leaders to counter internal criticism.
The BJP wants political stability in the crucial border state and that radical elements do not gain ground.
Speaking a day before Amarinder Singh’s resignation, BJP general secretary Tarun Chugh accused the Congress of creating political instability in the state.
“The situation in Punjab today is because of Congress. Today there is more instability. They have forgotten that it is a border state and Pakistan is sending arms and ammunition and drugs. It is fortunate that we have at the Centre. There is Modi government and NIA. Their plans are being sabotaged. Punjab Chief Minister comes to Delhi to show concern over the situation in Punjab, but is unable to stabilize the situation in the state.”
The Chief Minister resigned before the scheduled meeting of the Congress Legislature Party. A party leader said it was important to ensure that Punjab does not face the problems it has faced in the past and there is no polarisation.
The BJP lost its longtime ally Shiromani Akali Dal over three agriculture laws last year. Party leaders say that farmers are being misled in the name of agricultural laws. Party leaders associated with state affairs also said that Amarinder Singh has shown no signs of joining the BJP.
“It is not being discussed as a possibility right now. We will wait and see how people react to this change,” said a party leader.
(with ANI inputs)