Monday, 18 October 2021

Navjot Singh Sidhu Quits from the post of Punjab Congress Chief

Navjot Singh Sidhu Quits from the post of Punjab Congress Chief

Sidhu resigned from the Punjab Congress chief, delivering a big shock to the Gandhis, who may have hoped that changing Chief Ministers would help end the turmoil in the state before elections early next year. The cricketer-turned-politician tweeted a resignation letter that hinted at his unhappiness at the ongoing changes to the Punjab cabinet.

As per sources Mr. Sidhu was upset about the cabinet changes made by new Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, who was close to him. Though Mr. Sidhu was widely seeing to act as "Super Chief Minister" when it came to some decisions, he was reportedly ignoring in recent appointments seen as controversial. He was also angry about key posts given to officials linked to the "sacrilege" case.

Navjot Sidhu, say sources, was also unhappy about his rival SS Randhawa being assigning a vital ministry.

The double word used as "compromise" in Mr. Sidhu's resignation letter was reading as a clue that he was asking to accept some unpleasant choices in the cabinet shuffle.

Amarinder Singh, recently replaced as Chief Minister at Navjot Sidhu's instance, did not lose time posting an "I-told-you-so" for the Congress leadership.

With the top two Congress faces in the state exiting in this manner, Punjab has become Exhibit A in the party's growing disarray.

The Congress's loss could well be Arvind Kejriwal's gain; his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is campaigning aggressively in Punjab, and Mr. Kejriwal will also visit the state tomorrow.

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Mr. Sidhu's resignation, four months before the Punjab election, calls to question a series of decisions by the leadership.

Despite warnings, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had pushed firmly for Mr. Sidhu and arranged his meeting with Rahul Gandhi when the Congress decided what to do about Amarinder Singh.

The Punjab crisis has smacked the party on a day it welcomed high-profile faces like Kanhaiya Kumar and Jignesh Mevani.

Mr. Sidhu's move coincides with Amarinder Singh's visit to Delhi today. Though it is describing as "personal," there is speculation about a possible meeting between the Captain and the BJP.

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