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Punjab: Amarinder Singh’s meeting with Amit Shah postponed

Amarinder left for Delhi on Wednesday but is learnt to have received a message on Thursday morning that Shah had to leave for Gujarat in connection with a party programme.

Written by Kanchan Vasdev | Chandigarh |
Updated: October 28, 2021 5:46:54 pm
Former Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh leaves from the residence of MP Parneet Kaur in New Delhi. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

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.

A source close to him said that Shah’s meeting was unscheduled. The meeting was confirmed to Amarinder before he made an announcement about it.

An Amarinder’s aide said that they were already wary of BJP and that is why they had asked the former CM not to announce the party so soon and wait for the BJP to provide a solution to farm laws soon. He stopped short of announcing his own party on Wednesday. An aide said it was after his insistence only that the senior leader should wait and watch.

“Amarinder was advised that he should tread this path carefully. Although whenever he takes a decision, he has everything clear in his mind. But we have been discussing that BJP has handled the farm laws issues in their own way. It is not going to be easy for them to provide a solution with the snap of fingers ,” said an aide of Amarinder.

Amarinder has not quit the Congress yet. He said on Wednesday that he had stayed in the Congress for 52 years and it would not matter if he remained in Congress for 10 more days.

He had said that he would meet Shah with a delegation and they would like to work out a solution for the protests over farm laws.

His aides were expecting that Amarinder would be able to impress upon Centre to reinitiate a dialogue between the government and thr farmers leaders.

“The meeting has been postponed. Let us see when will it happen again. We have not got the next date yet,” said a source.

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