Navjot Singh Sidhu resigns from Punjab cabinet after feud with CM

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Sidhu posted his hand-written resignation letter addressed to Rahul Gandhi, on his Twitter account. Photo: PTI

Soon after he was stripped off key portfolios in the Punjab cabinet, Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has resigned as a minister from the Punjab cabinet.

Sidhu who was given the portfolio of the Power and Non Renewable Energy Sources department during the cabinet reshuffle last month, had failed to take charge of the new ministry.

He on Sunday posted a copy of resignation letter dated July 10 and addressed to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, on Twitter. “I hereby resign as Minister from Punjab Cabinet,” Sidhu said in the letter. No reason for the resignation was cited in the letter.

In another tweet, Sidhu said he would be sending his resignation letter to the chief minister.

On June 6, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh 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.