Cricketer turned politician and former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Navjot Singh Sidhu, who was frowning after having stripped off key portfolios in the Punjab cabinet reshuffle in June, has resigned from Amarinder Singh cabinet.
On Sunday, July 14, Sidhu took to twitter and posted a copy of his resignation letter dated June 10 and addressed it to the Congress President Rahul Gandhi. In his letter, he wrote, “I hereby resign from the Punjab Cabinet”
My letter to the Congress President Shri. Rahul Gandhi Ji, submitted on 10 June 2019. pic.twitter.com/WS3yYwmnPl
— Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) July 14, 2019
In another tweet, he said that he would send his resignation letter to Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh. After making his resignation public, Sidhu had to face the heat of tweeple. People felt that Sidhu should have been handed over his resignation to Captain Amarinder instead of Rahul Gandhi who himself has resigned from his post.
👉अध्यक्ष अपना resignation अध्यक्ष जी को भेजते हैं
👉सिद्धू अपना resignation भूतपूर्व अध्यक्ष को भेजते है
इतना फालतू ड्रामा तो एकता कपूर के शो में भी नहीं होता होगा😂😂
— शरद मिश्रा 🇮🇳 (@thesharad) July 15, 2019
बहुत-बहुत धन्यवाद इस महान त्याग के लिए आपका। बस, राजनीति और बडबोलेपन को भी छोड़ दो।
— राधादेव शर्मा (@RADHA_83) July 15, 2019
Responding to the trolls on twitter, Sidhu wrote, “Today, I have sent my resignation to the Chief Minister of Punjab, has been delivered at his official residence.“
Today I have sent my resignation to the Chief Minister Punjab, has been delivered at his official residence…
— Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) July 15, 2019
Amarinder Singh who was in New Delhi confirmed the news and said that Sidhu’s resignation letter has been sent to his residence in Chandigarh but he was yet to see it. Disappointed with former cricketer’s decision Capt. Amarinder Singh said, “Mr. Sidhu was given the crucial Power portfolio, which was particularly important at this time in view of the rice [paddy] season, from June to October. With many parts of the State not receiving adequate rain, the power situation is critical, requiring day to day monitoring.”
He also pointed out that he had reshuffled the portfolios of 13 out of 17 members of his cabinet after the Lok Sabha election and no one complained about it except Sidhu. The reshuffle was based on the performance of the members and Sidhu should have accepted his new portfolio instead of shunning the work in the middle.
Capt. Amarinder and Sidhu have been loggerheads since last year when Sidhu made a controversial appearance in Imran Khan’s Prime Ministerial swearing in ceremony where he hugged Pakistan’s Army Chief. The rift further widened when Sidhu accused Captain of not giving Chandigarh Lok Sabha ticket to his wife Dr. Navjot Kaur Sidhu.
On June 6, after the party won 13 seats in the General election 2019, Amarinder Singh divested Sidhu of Local government and Tourism & Cultural department and handed him Power and Renewable Energy portfolio. He was also not included in the consultative group formed by Chief Minister on June 8.