Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Navjot Sidhu resigns as Punjab Congress Chief

Navjot Singh Sidhu has resigned as 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. “The collapse of a man’s character stems from the compromise corner. I can never compromise on Punjab’s future and the agenda for the welfare of Punjab. Therefore, I hereby resign as the President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee. I will continue to serve the Congress,” Navjot Sidhu, 57, wrote in his letter to Sonia Gandhi, which he posted on social media. He had taken charge of the party in Punjab in July.

Sources say Sidhu was upset about the cabinet changes made by new Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, who was seen to be close to him. Though Sidhu was widely seen to act as “Super Chief Minister” when it came to some decisions, he was reportedly ignored in recent appointments seen as controversial. He was also angry about key posts given to officials linked to the “sacrilege” case.

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Navjot Sidhu, say sources, was also unhappy about his rival SS Randhawa being assigned a key ministry. The double use of the word “compromise” in Mr Sidhu’s resignation letter was read as a clue that he was asked 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 in posting an “I-told-you-so” for the Congress leadership. “I told you so…he is not a stable man and not fit for the border state of Punjab,” tweeted the former Chief Minister, who is believed to be closing in on his own decision on his future in the Congress.

Merely two days after she took oath of office as a cabinet minister in the Punjab government, Malerkotla MLA Razia Sultana on Tuesday resigned “in solidarity with Navjot Singh Sidhu”. “Sidhu sahab is a man of principles. He is fighting for Punjab and Punjabiyat,” Ms Sultana said. Punjab Congress general secretary Yoginder Dhingra and treasurer Gulzar Inder Chahal followed with their resignations.

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The Punjab cabinet met this evening on the crisis and will meet again on Wednesday morning in Chandigarh. Punjab Congress general secretary Pargat Singh has been asked to pacify Mr Sidhu, who is currently at this house in Patiala, sources said.

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Mr Sidhu’s adviser Surinder Dalla said the Congress leader has “no personal rivalry with Amarinder Singh”.

Despite warnings, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had pushed strongly for Mr Sidhu and had even arranged his meeting with Rahul Gandhi when the Congress was trying to decide on what to do about Amarinder Singh. The Punjab crisis has smacked the party on a day it welcomed on board high profile faces like Kanhaiya Kumar and Jignesh Mevani.

Mr Sidhu’s move coincides with Amarinder Singh’s visit to Delhi Tuesday. Though it is described as “personal”, there is speculation about a possible meeting between the Captain and the BJP. Amarinder Singh resigned as Chief Minister 10 days ago, complaining of repeated “humiliation” by the party. Mr Sidhu, who set the stage for his exit, has now himself quit his post, though he says he will “continue to serve the Congress”.

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