Former Punjab Congress president,Captain Amarinder Singh,Thursday called on Congress president Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi for the first time after being replaced as the state chief by Gurdaspur MP Partap Singh Bajwa.
In the hour-long morning meeting,Amarinder said Sonia asked him to work with her in her team. The party president told me that the All India Congress Committee is being revamped in a month or two and she would like me to work in her team. I told her the party has given me a lot in the last 15 years and I would be happy to work in any capacity she deems fit, he said.
While his detractors have been quick to announce end of his political innings,and there are speculations that he may be adjusted in a gubernatorial role or diplomatic assignment,Amarinder said he is not retiring from politics.
Taking a dig at his well-wishers,Amarinder said,Some of my friends want me to be shut in a Raj Bhawan or be given a diplomatic assignment,but I have no plans to retire from politics. The parliamentary elections are on us and I assured the Congress president to work with her to ensure the partys win, he added.
He said he was kept in the loop about the change of guard in the state. I had already offered to resign after the verdict in 2012 Punjab Assembly elections. Before I started campaigning in Moga in February,Sonia had asked me if I would like a change in my role and I said I was willing to lead the party till the parliamentary polls to which she said,she would think and let me know. On the day of change of guard in Punjab Congress she had called me up in the morning telling me that we are appointing a new president and asked me to come and meet her in Delhi to discuss my future role in the party, he added.
Though a day after he was replaced,Amarinder had said he was not consulted on choice of his successor and he may have suggested a different name,on Thursday he said there was no discussion on the new incumbent. I have been in politics for 47 years now and been a chief minister,MP,MLA and state president. You cannot be stuck at one place, he said.
Till that happens,he says he will devote time to complete his coffee table book on contribution on Indian soldiers in World War I.