Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu Resigns
Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu today resigned from the Punjab Cabinet, as a result of a protracted feud with Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amrinder Singh.
Navjot Singh Sidhu, the congress leader from Punjab, has just tweeted out a resignation he sent Rahul Gandhi four days ago. Dated June 10, 2019, the resignation letter penned on his letterhead states, quite simply, I hereby resign as Minister from the Punjab Cabinet.
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
Navjot Singh Sidhu was a Punjab Cabinet Minister, and had been given the charge of the Department of Power and Non-Renewable Energy Resources in Punjab. This charge was given to him on June 6, following a Cabinet reshuffling last month. However, he has been vocal about his distaste about this posting, and has refused to officially take over. He was previously the Local Bodies Minister, but a protracted feud with the CM of Punjab, Captain Amrinder Singh, led to the change in his assignment. CM Captain Singh had stated that the Local Bodies department was being mishandled by the “inept” Sidhu, leading to the Congress Party’s poor performance in urban zones.
The CM’s snarky comments led Sidhu to refrain from campaigning in Punjab, and the rift was further escalated when the CM made comments about Sidhu’s ambitions and hopes of being the CM. Sidhu, on his part, viewed this change as a demotion, and has been incommunicado for the past month. Earlier this week, the CM also held a meeting to review the power situation in the state in Sidhu's absence.
Sidhu had previously assured the Party high command that he would give this new posting all his attention, but he has failed to join the new office so far.
The rift between #Punjab CM #AmarinderSingh & his Cabinet colleague #NavjotSinghSidhu deepened on July 14 when latter announced his resignation. However, CM’s Media adviser #RaveenThukral told @ians_india that CM’s office has not received any resignation of Sidhu.— IANS Tweets (@ians_india) July 14, 2019
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Subsequent to posting his curt resignation letter on Twitter, he has also stated that he will soon be sending his resignation to the CM as well.
Will be sending my resignation to the Chief Minister, Punjab.— Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) July 14, 2019
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