Navjot Singh Sidhu resigns, tweets resignation letter

Navjot Singh Sidhu

New Delhi, July 14: Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sunday tweeted his resignation which was submitted by him to former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on June 10.

In his resignation letter, Sidhu wrote, “I hereby resign as minister from the Punjab cabinet.”

Punjab Cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who was at loggerheads with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, on June 10 met party president Rahul Gandhi and leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and submitted a letter.

Sidhu has resigned from the Punjab cabinet after a protracted feud with chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh, Sidhu’s portfolio was changed from Local Bodies’ to the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy almost a month ago.

On June 6, in a portfolio reshuffle exercise, Singh divested Sidhu of the key portfolios of local government, tourism and cultural affairs and allotted him power and new and renewable energy sources ministry. Since then he had not assumed the new charge.

Sidhu was also snubbed when he was left out of the consultative groups which were formed by the chief minister on June 8, aimed to accelerate the pace of implementation of government’s flagship programmes.

Sidhu considered the portfolio change as demotion and refused to assume charge.

BJP leader Tarun Chugh has written to Punjab Governor and sought his intervention over the fact that Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu is drawing salary and enjoying perks of his office despite being absent from his office for over a month, and claimed that the government is facing a “constitutional crisis” after the Cabinet reshuffle.
” I’ve written a letter to Punjab Governor. There is a constitutional crisis in Punjab today. It has been more than a month that a Minister, who took an oath to the office, is absent; though he’s drawing a salary & enjoying the perks,” Chugh said.

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