Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has resigned from the Punjab Cabinet amid an ongoing tussle with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
Navjot Sidhu made the announcement on Twitter and sent the letter to Rahul Gandhi instead of Amarinder Singh. “My letter to the Congress President Shri. Rahul Gandhi Ji submitted on 10 June 2019,” he tweeted.
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
Rather appalled to learn of Navjot Singh Sidhu’s resignation from the Congress and Punjab Cabinet Ministry!
He has been a supremely talented and popular sportsman/politician. Above all, a wonderful human being and man in demand, who is also a dear friend.
— Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) July 14, 2019
Navjot Singh Sidhu resigns as Minister from Punjab Cabinet and submits resignation to Congress ‘President’ on a day when India Pak Kartarpur talks are being held. Why not send letter to your immediate boss CM Captain Amrinder Singh? And who exactly is the President of Congress? pic.twitter.com/J2sKjgWUdi
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) July 14, 2019
Minutes later, he tweeted that he will send the resignation to the Punjab CM. The chief minister’s office said they haven’t received yet received Sidhu’s resignation letter, news agency ANI reported.
Last month, Sidhu was stripped of his portfolios of Local Bodies, Tourism and Culture ministries after he skipped a cabinet meeting. Sidhu then took a swipe at Amarinder in a press conference saying that he “cannot be taken for granted” and he is only “answerable to the people of Punjab”.
Sidhu met Rahul Gandhi after the cabinet reshuffle and tweeted a picture in which he is seen with Rahul Gandhi, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and senior party leader Ahmed Patel.
Sidhu was assigned the power portfolio in the reshuffle but even a month later the cricketer-turned-politician didn’t assume charge. The CM has been chairing meets in the power department in Sidhu’s absence.
The differences between Amarinder Singh and Navjot Sidhu were out in the open after the CM blamed Sidhu’s inept handling” of the local government department for the “poor performance” of the Congress in the urban areas in the Lok Sabha elections.
The CM had said the urban vote was the backbone of the Congress in Punjab but Sidhu’s “failure” to do any development work had hurt the party. Amarinder had also expressed displeasure over his “friendly-match” remark during a poll rally in Bathinda.
Sidhu hit back accusing Amarinder of unfairly “singling” him out for the poor show of the Congress in the urban areas of Punjab. Navjot Sidhu has been at loggerheads with Amarinder Singh ever since his wife Navjot Kaur was denied a ticket for the Lok Sabha polls.