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Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned or not?

Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned or not? Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, has resigned from the state cabinet. He made this announcement today, on July 14, through a twitter post where he posted his resignation letter which was dated June 10.

The 55-year-old Sidhu shared his resignation letter, which was sent just four days after his portfolio was changed. The resignation letter was also addressed to Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

Navjot Singh Sidhu

The resignation letter by Sidhu to the Congress chief reads, “I hereby resign as Minister from the Punjab Cabinet,”

In an additional tweet later, Sidhu also said that he would be sending his resignation letter to the chief minister.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on June 6 had dissociated Sidhu of the Local Government and Tourism and Cultural Affairs Departments and changed his portfolio by allotting him the power and new and renewable energy portfolio. It was not only Sidhu whose Portfolios has been changed but also there were many other ministers too whose Portfolios had been changed in the reshuffling exercise.

The cabinet reshuffle was reported because of the poor performance of Sidhu in the Lok Sabha elections. His non-attendance from a significant cabinet meeting on 6 June had fired reports of the quarrel between him and the chief minister.

Amarinder had also held responsible Sidhu for “inept handling’ of the Local Government departed, which he claimed lead to the party’s lowly performance in the urban areas of Punjab for the duration of the general elections.

Last month, the CM has also said that the urban vote bank had been the backbone of the Congress in Punjab but because of Sidhu’s “failure” they failed to carry out any development work impacted the party.

Sidhu had hit back at the chief minister, appealing that he was being singled out for the combined let-down of the party and had defended his performance.

Congress veteran Ahmed Patel had been trusted with the task of solving concerns between Sidhu and Singh. Singh had met Patel last month for the duration of his visit to Delhi, but the party reportedly defined the meeting as a “courtesy call”.

It has been seen that from the time of portfolio reshuffle exercise, the Punjab minister along with his his wife Navjot Kaur has been keeping up a distance from the media.

Sidhu had also approached to the Congress president Rahul Gandhi on June 9 and had “apprised him of the situation” in addition handing over a letter to him.

On June 10, Sidhu had also shared a picture with Rahul Gandhi along with party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi as well as senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel on his Twitter account and also to his Facebook page. Since then, he had not shared anything on Twitter and Facebook.

The chief minister had also said, “If he was a real Congressman, he should have chosen a better time to air his grievances, instead of just ahead of voting in Punjab.”

“He is harming the party with such irresponsible actions. It is not his election but that of the entire Congress,” he had said. “Perhaps he is ambitious and wants to be the chief minister,” Singh had said.

Earlier, Singh had also disapproved of Sidhu hugging the Pakistan Army chief for the duration of his visit to the neighboring country.