Navjot Singh Sidhu has resigned as Punjab minister, the Congress leader said in a tweet on Sunday afternoon. Sidhu informed that he had submitted his resignation paper on June 10 to former party president Rahul Gandhi.
Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sunday announced his resignation as Punjab minister. In a tweet put out on his Twitter account, Sidhu informed that he had submitted his resignation paper to former party president Rahul Gandhi on June 10.
“I hereby resign as Minister from the Punjab Cabinet,” Sidhu’s one-line resignation letter dated June 10 reads.
In another tweet, Sidhu said he would be sending his resignation letter to the chief minister. “Will be sending my resignation to the Chief Minister, Punjab.”
Sidhu was at loggerheads with Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh ever since he visited Pakistan last year to attend to oath taking ceremony of his friend Imran Khan as the new Prime Minister of Pakistan.
After the Lok Sabha elections debacle in May, Sidhu’s portfolio was changed from the Local Bodies to Power and Renewable Energy. However, he didn’t take charge of the department. The June 6 decision of CM Amarinder Singh to change Sidhu’s portfolio was seen as a demotion who was blamed for party’s loss in Bathinda.
My letter to the Congress President Shri. Rahul Gandhi Ji, submitted on 10 June 2019. pic.twitter.com/WS3yYwmnPl
— Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) July 14, 2019
In an apparent snub, Sidhu was also left out of the consultative groups formed by the CM on June 8 to review implementation of the government’s flagship programmes. Two days later on June 10, Sidhu had met Rahul Gandhi, and party leaders Priyanka Gandhi and Ahmed Patel in Delhi and apprised them of his position after he was divested of his key portfolios.
The resignation comes at a time when the Congress is facing a leadership crisis following Lok Sabha elections debacle.