CM Amarinder Singh accepts Navjot Sidhu’s resignation

Ever since the portfolio reshuffle exercise, Sidhu and his wife Navjot Kaur have been maintaining a distance from the media.

Days after Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned from the state cabinet, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on July 20 accepted his “one-line” resignation.

The chief minister has sent the resignation to Governor V P Singh Badnore for formal acceptance, an official spokesperson said here.

Amarinder, who had been indisposed for the last two days, since arrival from Delhi on Wednesday, saw the resignation letter Saturday morning, the spokesperson said.

The letter, however, was just a single sentence tendering Sidhu’s resignation, with no explanation or elaboration, he added.

Punjab chief minister accepted Sidhu’s resignation at a time when there was speculation in the media that the Congress high command intervened in the matter for the resolution of the issue between both the leaders.

The 55-year-old Sidhu, who has been at loggerheads with Amarinder, was stripped off-key portfolios in the cabinet reshuffle on June 6.

Punjab CM had divested Sidhu of the Local Government and Tourism and Cultural Affairs Departments and allotted him the power and new and renewable energy portfolio.

Notably, apart from Sidhu, the portfolios of other ministers were also changed.

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