CHANDIGARH: Punjab’s ministerNavjot Singh Sidhuon Sunday said that he has submitted the resignation letter to theCabinetMinister for the post ofCabinetMinister,whoquit theCabinet after leaving the post ofChief MinisterAmarinder Singh.Rahul Gandhion June 10th
Sidhu, sore over Amarinder’s decision to divest him the plum local bodies portfolio, had been waiting for the intervention by the central Congress leadership. He chose to disclose his resignation after more than a month in a bid to pre-empt action by the CM for not taking charge as power and renewable resources minister, party sources said.
But sources in the Chief Minister’s office said no resignation letter has received from Sidhu till Sunday evening. Congress leaders were surprised that the cricketer-turned-politician had not forwarded his resignation letter to the party’s state unit in over a month.
My letter to the Congress President Mr. Rahul Gandhi Ji, submitted on 10 June 2019. https://t.co/WS3yYwmnPl
– Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp)1563085827000
The one-line reignation reads, “Respected Sir, I hereby resigned as minister from the Punjab cabinet.”
In a separate tweet, Sidhu said, “Will be my resignation to the Chief minister, Punjab.”
Will be sending my resignation to the Chief Minister, Punjab
– Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp)1563087720000
Barring those tweets, Sidhu remained incommunicado Close Sources To Him Said He Was InAmritsarK He was reportedly on a tour
Before that, he had tweeted a picture of his meeting with Rahul andPriyanka Gandhion June 10, making a reference to “a letter”. It was believed that he had shared details of how the local bodies department performed under him.
Since Sidhu waited to make his resignation public, it is interpreted as a sign that he had been hoping for a conciliatory move by the Chief Minister.
Rahul had asked the party veteran However, when Amarinder met Patel for a ‘courtesy call’, he reportedly refused to discuss Sidhu
A cabinet minister said that Amarinder should have known about Sidhu’s decision to quit, this was not known to others in the cabinet. “At least, I was unaware,” he said.
Amarinder had pointed out a hardening of his stance on Sidhu by convening a meeting. There was also a buzz that he could write to governor to withdraw Sidhu’s portfolio.
When Sidhu finally announced his resignation on Sunday, potshots at the Congress government flew thick and fast. AAP leaderHarpal SinghCheema and Punjabi Ekatta Party leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira urged Sidhu to join the third front by quitting Congress.
Sidhu had been left out of the consultative groups on June 8, two days after the Cabinet reshuffle, to accelerate implementation of the government’s flagship programs.
The rift came out of the open last month when the CM blamed Sidhu for his “inept handling” of the Local Body Department, saying it had resulted in the party’s “poor” poll performance in the urban areas of Punjab.