I have not resigned: Amarinder

March 9th, 2012 - 7:45 pm ICT by IANS  

Sonia Gandhi Chandigarh, March 9 (IANS) Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh Friday said he owned responsibility for the party’s defeat in the assembly elections but had not resigned.

Putting to rest speculation that he had quit, the former chief minister said: “I have owned up responsibility for the party’s defeat in the elections and have not resigned and nor do I intend to do so.”

In a statement before leaving for New Delhi where he is likely to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Amarinder Singh clarified that he would “resign or retire” only after leading the party to victory.

“Owning up the responsibility does not mean I have resigned. I cannot leave about 50,000 Congress workers, who are facing vendetta cases, at the mercy of the current government,” he said.

“I can’t leave my party workers and supporters at this stage, particularly when they have been victimised and are apprehensive of more victimisation in the coming days,” he asserted.

“Today, I make it clear to one and all that I am going to stay and stand by my party workers, come what may, as they have reposed tremendous faith and confidence in me and I don’t want to let them down,” he said.

Expressing his gratitude to the party workers and voters for their support, Amarinder Singh assured that he “will continue to stand by them under all circumstances”.

Regarding speculation about his resignation, he said: “I will strictly go according to the directions of the party president.”

The Congress lost to the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party combine, which became the first in more than 40 years to win a second consecutive term.

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