Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, who resigned from the Punjab Cabinet last month amid rift with Amarinder Singh, on Monday said he has sent his resignation to the Chief Minister.
Sidhu had last month submitted his resignation to former Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
Sidhu had posted a tweet for the same on Sunday and said “My letter to the Congress President Shri. Rahul Gandhi Ji submitted on 10 June 2019”.
Responding to the resignation, Punjab CM Singh said he has “no issues” with Sidhu. “I had in fact given him a very important portfolio after the reshuffle. It was his decision to quit the Cabinet. I have been told that he has sent the letter to my office, will go through it and then see what is to be done.”
Last month, Navjot Sidhu, stripped of key portfolios, had called on Rahul Gandhi and party leaders Priyanka Vadra Gandhi and Ahmed Patel.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder 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.
Sidhu, who had entered into a war of words with the CM, was given Department of Power and New and Renewable Energy Sources. The decision was taken hours after the first state cabinet meeting following the Lok Sabha elections.
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.
Sidhu had earlier vowed to quit politics if Rahul Gandhi lost the elections from Amethi.