Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday officially accepted Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu’s resignation as the state minister.
This comes five days after, Sidhu, who resigned from the Punjab Cabinet last month amid rift with Amarinder Singh, sent his resignation to the CM.
The Chief Minister has forwarded the resignation to Governor Punjab VP Singh Badnore for formal acceptance.
Sidhu had last month submitted his resignation to former Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
He had also posted a tweet for the same last Sunday and said “My letter to the Congress President Shri. Rahul Gandhi Ji submitted on 10 June 2019”.
Sidhu had formally resigned on July 14 as Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy Sources, the portfolio he had not taken charge of.
Reacting on the resignation, Singh had said that if Sidhu did not want to do his job, there was nothing that he could do about it.
“The minister should have accepted his new portfolio instead of shunning work in the middle of the crucial paddy season,” said the Chief Minister, reiterating that Sidhu was given a job, which he should have accepted and done.
Last month, Navjot Sidhu, stripped of key portfolios, had called on Rahul Gandhi and party leaders Priyanka Vadra Gandhi and Ahmed Patel.
Singh had stripped cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu of his portfolios. Local government and tourism and cultural affairs departments which were with Sidhu till now were given to other two ministers.
The CM had earlier hinted action against Sidhu for his ill-timed comments during the Lok Sabha poll campaign. The latter had accused the former of playing a friendly match with the Badals. After this, Sidhu had accused certain Congress leaders of backstabbing the party in the state.
The war of words between the Chief Minister and the leader intensified when Amarinder Singh blamed Sidhu for party’s poor performance in the state’s urban areas and said his actions during the parliamentary elections had not only harmed him but also Rahul Gandhi.