In a letter to Sonia Gandhi, he wrote that he would not ‘compromise the future of the state.
Navjot Singh Sidhu made the surprise announcement on Twitter.
In a surprise move, Navjot Singh Sidhu announced his resignation as head of Punjab’s Congress shortly after the state cabinet was announced.
In a letter to the head of Congress, Sonia Gandhi, which she shared on Twitter, she wrote that she could never compromise on the future of Punjab and the agenda for the welfare of the state.
— Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) September 28, 2021
Sidhu had assumed the position of state head of the party in July.
Problems began to develop on Sunday when a few hours before the new ministers were sworn in, some members of the justice system wrote to Sidhu, saying that the “contaminated” Rana Gurjeet Singh should not be appointed minister as he faced accusations of corruption in sand extraction. Gurjeet Singh, in fact, was removed from the cabinet by then-chief minister Amarinder Singh on the corruption allegations.
The resignation, months before the Punjab elections, has shocked congressional leaders.
Former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh was quick to comment on Sidhu’s resignation. In a tweet, he wrote: “I told you … he is not a stable man and is not fit for the border state of Punjab.”
Amarinder Singh has vehemently opposed Sidhu and has alleged that he has ties to Pakistan. The former prime minister has openly challenged Sidhu, saying he will oppose him tooth and nail.
Sidhu’s move coincides with Amarinder Singh’s visit to Delhi on Tuesday. Although described as “personal”, there is speculation about a possible meeting between the Captain and the BJP.
Moments after Sidhu’s resignation, Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi addressed the media but chose to focus on the sufferings of farmers due to the three laws introduced last year by the Center.
When pressed further about the resignation of the cricketer-turned-politician, Channi said he had no idea of the same, adding that he had complete faith and trust in the former.