Senior Congress leader and former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on Thursday. Speculation is rife that Amarinder may join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of next year’s assembly elections in Punjab. Earlier on Wednesday, Amarinder met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi, sparking talks on his future course of action after resigning from the CM post.
Amarinder, however, said that he discussed the long-running farmers’ agitation at Amit Shah’s residence. After their meeting which lasted for about 45 minutes, Singh tweeted, “Met Union Home Minister Amit Shahji in Delhi. Discussed the long running farmers’ agitation against agriculture laws and asked them to repeal laws and demand MSP. Urged to resolve the crisis immediately with guarantee.
However, the politically significant meeting, which took place days after Singh resigned as chief minister, accusing the Congress of humiliating him, sparked speculation over his future plans ahead of the elections in Punjab, some political Analysts saw this as a sign that there could be demand for Singh. BJP support.
After the Singh-Shah meeting, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala alleged that Amit Shah’s residence has become a center of anti-Dalit politics. In a series of tweets in Hindi, he said, “The ego of those in power is hurt. Because if a Dalit is made chief minister, they ask who is taking decisions in Congress.” He alleged, “The center of anti-Dalit politics is nowhere other than Amit Shah.
Singh’s meeting with Shah has added another dimension to politics in Punjab, where no party is clearly seen as a favorite in the elections due early next year.
Amid speculation that the former chief minister might join hands with the BJP, a senior BJP leader said such a possibility cannot be ruled out.