Keeping Congress on the sidelines Punjab A day after Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh met National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval in the capital on Thursday, he called Home Minister Amit Shah amid talks of jumping into the BJP.
Singh had earlier said that he was exploring his options after he was forced to step down as Punjab chief minister on September 18, just four months before the state elections.
On reaching Delhi on Tuesday, he denied any plans to meet BJP leaders, claiming that he wanted to vacate Kapurthala House only for the new Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi.
However, he met Shah on Wednesday and said they discussed the agricultural laws that have led to 11 months of farmers’ protests and discussed ways to resolve the impasse. He said he had urged Amit Shah to guarantee minimum support price to farmers and support Punjab in crop diversification.
met the Union Home Minister @AmitShah Live in Delhi Discussed the long-running farmers’ movement against #Agriculture Law and urged for immediate resolution of the crisis with repeal of laws and guarantee of MSP, besides supporting Punjab in crop diversification. #NoFarmersNoFood— Captain Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) September 29, 2021
For the BJP, it would be a coup for Singh to jump ship as the party does not have a CM face in Punjab and its longtime ally Akali Dal broke ties over farmer protests.