Navjot Singh Sidhu resigns as Punjab cabinet minister

07:54 PM | 14 Jul, 2019
Navjot Singh Sidhu resigns as Punjab cabinet minister
NEW DELHI – Indian Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has stepped down as the provincial minister for Power and Renewable Energy.

The Congress leader posted his resignation letter dated June 10, addressed to Rahul Gandhi, on his official Twitter account on Sunday morning.

Soon after the first tweet, Sidhu said he will be his my resignation to the chief minister of Punjab province.

Sidhu’s portfolio was changed from Local Bodies’ to the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy almost a month ago. The disgruntled leader, who saw the change as a demotion, refused to assume charge and was last seen beside Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi on June 9 after which he went incommunicado.

Just before he was stripped of his ministry, Sidhu had addressed a press conference in New Delhi and said he could not be taken for granted.

Capt. Amarinder Singh had cited “inept” handling of local bodies department by Sidhu, which led to the party’s poor performance in urban areas, as the reason behind taking away the role.

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