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Babul Supriyo sings a new song; after quitting BJP, joins rival Trinamool

Within minutes after severing his umbilical ties with the BJP and joining arch-rival Trinamool Congress, Asansol MP Babul Supriyo made it clear that he will not keep any links with his erstwhile political party anymore and resign from Parliament as well. The former union minister also said that his resigning from active politics was a result of his utter disillusionment and now he with an open mind is ready to accept the opportunity that has come his way.

Opposition less all-party UDA govt formed in Nagaland

In a significant political development, all the ruling and opposition parties in Nagaland, consequent upon their earlier agreement, have decided to form an all-party government named as United Democratic Alliance (UDA).

Punjab MLAs authorise Sonia Gandhi to select new CLP leader

The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting called on Saturday to select the successor to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who resigned amid infighting the party on Saturday afternoon, ended with the legislators unanimously passing a resolution authorising interim party President Sonia Gandhi to pick the new leader.

Amarinder quitting is self-admission of Congress failures: Sukhbir Badal

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal said on Saturday that Amarinder Singh's resignation from the post of Punjab Chief Minister is a self-admission on the part of the Congress and its high command that the party has failed to perform and has nothing to show in its more than four-and-a-half years of governance.

Captain benched, Sidhu pads up for Punjab innings; options open for Amarinder

Amarinder Singh has resigned as Punjab Chief Minister, months before polls, saying he had been "humiliated thrice" and that the Congress is free to "appoint whoever they trust". He also said he would "exercise his options when the time comes". A sudden meeting of Punjab MLAs announced by the Congress late Friday night, with big hints that a majority of them had asked for change, drove a crisis of months to breaking point. Congress's Punjab in-charge Harish Rawat tweeted about the meeting and Amarinder Singh's rival Navjot Singh Sidhu shared the post. Stung by the move, Amarinder Singh, 79, told reporters he had decided to resign in the morning. He said he had spoken with Congress president Sonia Gandhi and had told her he had put up with enough humiliation. Singh said: "There is always an option, and I will use that option when the time comes... at the moment I am still in Congress." He added that he would "speak to my people who have supported me for the past 52 years".