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Amarinder Singh to launch new party, hopes for seat pact with BJP for 2022 Punjab polls

CHANDIGARH: Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday announced that he would launch his own political party soon and hinted at a possible alliance with the BJP for the 2022 state election if the Centre rolls back the three farm laws.

"The battle for Punjab's future is on. Will soon announce the launch of my own political party to serve the interests of Punjab and its people, including our farmers who've been fighting for their survival for over a year," Amarinder Singh's media advisor Raveen Thukral said in a tweet.

"Hopeful of a seat arrangement with the BJP in 2022 Punjab Assembly polls if farmers' protest is resolved in farmers' interest. Also looking at alliance with like-minded parties such as breakaway Akali groups, particularly Dhindsa and Brahmpura factions," he added.

On September 18, Captain Amarinder Singh resigned as the chief minister of Punjab following months of infighting between him and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.

Following his resignation, the Congress high command selected Charanjit Singh Channi to be the chief minister of Punjab.

Speculations were rife that Amarinder Singh would join the BJP after stepping down as the chief minister. Amarinder Singh even held an hour-long discussion with Union Home Minister Amit Shah at his residence on September 30.

However, he denied joining the party and said the purpose of his visit was to appeal to the central government to withdraw the farm laws.



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