Ambika Soni rejects offer to become Punjab Chief Minister
New Delhi : Congress leader Ambika Soni has rejected offer to become Punjab’s next Chief Minister a day after Captain Amarinder Singh resigned from the post. She declined to take up the post in a late night meeting with her party colleagues, which included Rahul Gandhi.
During the meeting, she cleared that Punjab CM should be a Sikh leader.
The Congress is now discussing with the MLAs to figure out a name for the Chief Minister's post. It has been learned that many leaders inside the party are upset with the way matter has been handled.
Amarinder Singh's resignation comes months before assembly elections are due in Punjab, and the new Chief Minister will have a lot of ground to cover once the leader takes charge.
"A meeting of MLAs was held with Harish Rawat and Ajay Maken yesterday. A resolution was passed that Sonia Gandhi's decision will be final on this matter. Today, you will get to know her decision," said Punjab Congress working president Pawan Goel.
Amarinder Singh has ruled out accepting Navjot Sidhu as his successor and left the door open on leaving the Congress.