New Delhi: Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday resigned from the post of Punjab Pradesh Committee Congress (PPCC) chief, but said he will continue to be a member of the grand old party. His move comes over two months after his appointment as the PPCC president on July 23.
However, his resignation has not been accepted by the party yet. The top brass of Congress has asked the state leadership to resolve the matter at their own level first, news agency ANI reported.
In a letter to Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, Sidhu wrote, “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. Will continue to serve the Congress.”
Following Sidhu’s resignation, PPCC treasurer Gulzar Inder Chahal also quit from his post. Further, Razia Sultana, who was inducted in the Punjab Cabinet two days ago, also resigned “in solidarity” with Sidhu. “Sidhu Sahab is a man of principles. He is fighting for Punjab and Punjabiyat,” she said.
Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi were seen at Chandigarh International Airport on their way to New Delhi from Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. They are likely to reach out to Sidhu.
Reacting to Sidhu’s resignation, former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said, “I told you so…he is not a stable man and not fit for the border state of Punjab.”
Meanwhile, addressing a press conference, newly elected Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said he had no information about Sidhu’s resignation. “I have full confidence and faith in Sidhu Sahab,” he went on to say.
On Sidhu being upset over bureaucratic set up and his commands not being followed after cabinet expansion in Punjab, Channi said, “It will be settled if he is upset…though he is not upset with me.”
“Captain Sahab has been our CM. He must have gone there (Delhi) to discuss Punjab issues,” said Channi on Amarinder Singh’s visit to Delhi amid reports of meeting Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
Days after his unceremonious exit from the government and Charanjit Singh Channi’s elevation to the post of chief minister, Amarinder Singh visited Delhi on Tuesday amid speculation about his future course of action.
It will be his first visit to the national capital after he resigned on September 18. Some media reports claimed he may meet some BJP leaders in Delhi after which Amarinder Singh’s media advisor Raveen Thukral sought to clarify the reason for his visit. Thukral on Tuesday said he was on a personal visit to the national capital.
Amarinder had resigned amid a bitter power tussle with Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu. He had also dubbed Sidhu as “anti-national” and “dangerous”, saying he would pit a strong candidate against the state party chief in the upcoming assembly polls.
(With PTI inputs)