Following Navjot Singh Sidhu's absence from the cabinet review meeting on Thursday, sources have confirmed that Sidhu's portfolio in the Punjab government is likely to be changed.
Sources at the Chief Minister's office have confirmed that Sidhu will be asked to step down from the Urban ministry as a result of his open defiance to Captain Amarinder Singh.
Sources have further reported that this had not gone down well with the government and hence he will be asked to step down from the ministry and his portfolio could be changed shortly.
Earlier in the day, Sidhu went live on social networking site Facebook to defend himself and said that he was signaled out without any reason. Deepening the rift between Navjot Singh Sidhu and Captain Amarinder Singh, in the video posted on his Facebook, Sidhu said:
"I have been singled out despite it being a collective responsibility. I was singled out, my department was singled out. They must have a sense of perspective to see things in perspective. Urban seats had a pivotal role in Congress party's win in Lok Sabha elections in the state," he said.
Previously, Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu was ominously absent in a cabinet review meeting of the Punjab Government on Thursday.
Visuals show that Sidhu who is the Minister of Local government, Tourism and Cultural Affairs in the ruling Punjab government, was absent from cabinet proceedings which were chaired by Captain Amarinder Singh.
Sidhu has been at loggerheads with the Punjab Chief Minister after he denied Sidhu's wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu a ticket for the Lok Sabha elections. Accusing the SM of disrespecting women, she had called the Punjab chief minister 'Junior Captain'.
Following this, Sidhu had stood by his wife attacking the CM in a veiled attack one day before the polls saying that 'a vote cannot be underestimated and it should be used to blast those who are colluding to backstab the Congress.
"You(voters) are set. You are the law. The world's biggest court is conscience. In a democracy, the voice of God is there. I said you(voters) are the law, court, justice. Do not underestimate a vote. Blast them ('Thok do') who are backstabbing the Congress by collusion," he said.
Retorting to Congress Leader Navjot Singh Sidhu's jibe on his wife's allegation of being denied a ticket, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday has said that Sidhu's comments, one day prior to the election, will affect the Party and not him.
While the Punjab CM and Sidhu go a long way back, Punjab Lok Sabha election campaign was marred by many controversial attacks by Sidhu against PM Modi, Smriti Irani and later against Captain Amarinder Singh himself.