The Congress on Tuesday found itself in deep crisis as its Punjab chief Navjot Singh Sidhu stepped down from his post amidst reports of former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s planned meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi.
Sidhu took to Twitter to announce his resignation as Punjab Congress chief. He 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. I will continue to serve the Congress.”
The elevation of Sidhu to the head of Punjab Congress chief had led to the resignation of Amarinder Singh as the state chief minister.
— Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) September 28, 2021
Taking a dig at Sidhu’s resignation, Singh tweeted, “I told you so…he is not a stable man and not fit for the border state of punjab.”
I told you so…he is not a stable man and not fit for the border state of punjab.
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) September 28, 2021
Reacting to rumours surrounding Singh’s Delhi visit, his aide Raveen Thukral said, “Too much being read into @capt_amarinder’s visit to Delhi. He’s on a personal visit, during which he’ll meet some friends and also vacate Kapurthala house for the new CM. No need for any unnecessary speculation.”
The resignation by Sidhu has come as a huge setback to the Congress’ central leadership given that Amarinder Singh had warned the Gandhis about his unreliability and past BJP association.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi are in Shimla and yet to return back to Delhi.
The development has stunned the Congress just months before the assembly elections in Punjab. After Amarinder Singh’s resignation as the state chief minister, the Congress had appointed Charanjit Singh Channi as his successor.
According to some reports, Channi’s appointment as the news chief minister was made in consultation with Sidhu. But the cricketer-turned-politician was reportedly miffed with the high command for being consulted over the appointments of ministers in the new cabinet.