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Amarinder Singh resigns as Punjab chief minister

CHANDIGARH: Captain Amarinder Singh resigned as the Punjab chief minister on Saturday, amid the ongoing political tussle with Navjot Singh Sidhu who was recently appointed as the chief of the Congress' Punjab unit. The resignation comes less than five months before the Assembly elections in Punjab.

Political analysts say the move would hurt the Congress in the upcoming state polls.

Singh, who had declared the 2017 battle in which he led the Congress to a near two-thirds to be his last one, was raring to have another go. Sidhu, meanwhile, never cloaked his ambition and pictured himself as the natural claimant to the mantle of the chief minister if the party retains power in the polls next year.

The cricketer-turned-politician was appointed the state president on July 18, ignoring the CM's opposition to his elevation.



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