Punjab News Highlights: A day after former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh said he would meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah along with a non-political delegation of agriculture experts on Thursday, the meeting was postponed. Amarinder left for Delhi on Wednesday but is learnt to have received a message in the morning on Thursday that Shah had to leave for Gujarat in connection with a party programme to mark National Integration Day on October 31.
The decision to meet Shah came a day after Captain confirmed that his new party will enter a seat-sharing arrangement with the BJP, but asserted that he was not open to an alliance with Akalis. The name of the party has not yet been decided upon, he added.
“Let the EC decide. We have made a request for symbol and the name. Will let you know when we get clearance,” he said.
The opposition parties in Punjab termed the former chief minister’s presser an “act of desperation” and a “damp squib” even as the BJP, expectedly heaped praise on veteran leader for “exposing Congress” and for his “efforts to resolve the farmers’ issues”.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Leader of Opposition Harpal Singh Cheema, said that Amarinder had proven to be such a failure that his own party decided to dump him as CM. “There is nothing left for him to say except tell lies about his so-called achievements as the CM. Had he even done an iota of what he claims to have accomplished in his four-and-a-half years of misrule then he would have still been in chair,” said Cheema.