Navjot Singh Sidhu resigns as Punjab Cabinet Minister

Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, who was sulking afterbeing stripped off key portfolios in the Punjab cabinet reshuffle in June, hasresigned from the Amarinder Singh cabinet.

Sidhu took to Twitter on Sunday, making public hisresignation letter dated June 10 addressed to Congress President Rahul Gandhi.     “I hereby resign as Minister from PunjabCabinet,” Sidhu said in the letter to the Congress chief, which he postedon his Twitter handle.

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

On June 6, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had divested Sidhuof the Local Government and Tourism and Cultural Affairs Departments andallotted him the power and new and renewable energy portfolio.

In an apparent snub, Sidhu was also left out of theconsultative groups formed by the chief minister on June 8, two days after thecabinet reshuffle, to accelerate the implementation of the government’sflagship programmes.

Over a month after he was stripped of key portfolios, Sidhuhad not taken charge of his new assignment, as a stalemate with the chiefminister had continued.

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