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Punjab Congress MLA Arvind Khanna Resigns

Published: 14th May 2014 06:21 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th May 2014 06:21 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

With Lok Sabha elections over, the discontentment in Punjab Congress came to the fore as PPCC General Secretary Arvind Khanna, a close aide of senior party leader Amarinder Singh, today resigned as MLA from Dhuri Assembly segment of Sangrur parliamentary seat.

Khanna in a Facebook post said that he has sent his resignation to the Speaker of the State Assembly. He, however, did not clarify whether he will resign from the primary membership  of Congress.

In the post, he said the time has come for him "to step away from politics."

On speculation of joining SAD, Khanna said he did not do so as Amarinder Singh was announced Congress nominee for Amritsar Lok Sabha seat and his decision would have had

adverse effect on the former Chief Minister's prospects.

Despite repeated attempts to contact him on phone, Khanna was not available for comments. His Personal Assistant (PA) Rocky Gill, however, confirmed his resignation. According to party sources, Khanna was upset over Sangrur MP Vijay Inder Singla allegedly ignoring him and other senior leaders of Assembly segments while distributing MPLAD funds and launching development projects.

Singla has sought re-election from Sangrur parliamentary constituency.

Khanna was also unhappy after Patap Singh Bajwa was elected as PPCC chief, party sources said.

In the 117-member Punjab Assembly, the strength of Congress is now reduced to 43. SAD has 57 members while its ally BJP 12 and there are three Independents.

Earlier, ahead of Lok Sabha elections sitting Congress MLA Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu left the party and joined the Akali Dal.



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