Amarinder Singh's First Reaction Following the Selection of Punjab's Successor
Raveen Thukral, Amarinder Singh's media advisor, sent Amarinder Singh's message to Charanjit Singh Channi on Twitter.
Captain Amarinder Singh, who resigned as Punjab Chief Minister after months of factional fighting in the Congress's state unit, sent his best wishes to his successor, Charanjit Singh Channi, whose name the party announced today. Raveen Thukral, Mr Singh's media advisor, shared Mr Singh's message on Twitter.
"My best wishes to Charanjit Singh Channi. I hope he's able to keep the border state of Punjab safe and protect our people from the growing security threat from across the border," Mr Singh said in the message.
The former Indian Army Captain has in the past few days repeatedly emphasised the theme of national security in the context of the political crisis in his state that led to his replacement.
Referring to the possibility of Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, his bete noir, being a contender to the Chief Minister's post, Mr Singh had said, "For the sake of my country, I'll oppose his (Navjot Singh Sidhu) name for Chief Minister of Punjab. It's a national security issue. Imran Khan, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, is a close friend of his. Sidhu is friends with Army Chief of Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa."
He had slammed one of Mr Sidhu's aides in August for speaking on "important national issues" after he suggested both Pakistan and India were occupying Kashmir illegally.
Mr Singh resigned as Chief Minister yesterday, ending months of public bickering with a part of the Punjab Congress, led most dramatically by Mr Sidhu. To Mr Singh's displeasure, the cricketer-turned-politician, who joined the party in 2017 after spending time with the BJP, was promoted to lead the party's Punjab section.