Punjab: Navjot Singh Sidhu, who resigned from the post of Punjab Congress chief in September, will continue in the role, said AICC general secretary Harish Rawat on Thursday.
The news of Sidhu continuing as the state unit chief came after an intense meeting with AICC in-charge of Punjab, Harish Rawat and Congress veteran KC Venugopal at the party headquarters in the state. However, the official announcement will be made tomorrow.
After the meeting, Rawat said, “Navjot Sidhu has clearly stated that the decision of the Congress President will be acceptable to him. The instructions are clear that he should work as Punjab Congress President and set up the organisational structure. An announcement will be made tomorrow.”
However, it is important to note that the Congress Party had not accepted Sidhu’s resignation while at the same time, various state leaders and Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi were also continuously trying to convince the state’s party chief to withdraw his resignation.
Sidhu on September 28 swelled the political crisis of the state by resigning from his post of Punjab Congress chief citing the reason that he cannot compromise on Punjab’s future and its welfare agenda.
Sidhu, reportedly was also unhappy with the allocation of cabinet portfolios by Channi and that his suggestions on ‘choices of bureaucrats and ministers’ were allegedly overruled by the party leadership.
He posted his resignation letter addressed to party President Sonia Gandhi on Twitter, saying, “The collapse of man’s character stems from the compromise corner, I can never compromise on Punjab’s future and agenda of welfare of Punjab. Therefore, I hereby resign as the president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee. Will continue to serve the Congress”.