Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned as minister of the cabinet in Punjab amid a spat with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. This is after Sidhu was stripped of his portfolios after a public fall out with the CM.
Sidhu tweeted a photo of the letter, dated 10 June, addressed to the Congress president that said that he was quitting as minister of the Punjab cabinet. In another tweet, Sindhu said he would also send a letter to the chief minister of Punjab.
Sidhu, who went incommunicado after the last month’s cabinet reshuffle, was yet to take charge of the power and new and renewable energy portfolio.
On June 6, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had divested Sidhu of the Local Government and Tourism and Cultural Affairs Departments and allotted him the power and new and renewable energy portfolio.
In an apparent snub, Sidhu was also left out of the consultative groups formed by the chief minister on June 8, two days after the cabinet reshuffle, to accelerate the implementation of the government’s flagship programmes.
Over a month after he was stripped of key portfolios, Sidhu had not taken charge of his new assignment, as a stalemate with the chief minister had continued.
(With PTI inputs)