Update: Navjot Singh Sidhu tweeted saying he will send his resignation to Punjab CM Amarinder Singh.
Navjot Singh Sidhu has resigned as a minister in the Punjab cabinet. He has addressed his resignation to 'Congress president Rahul Gandhi'. The resignation is dated on June 10, 2019 and is on a letterhead which says 'Local Government, Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Archives & Tourism Minister' despite his portfolio being changed to that of Power Ministry.
Read his letter of resignation below:
He had tweeted on June 10 saying he had handed Rahul Gandhi the 'letter' and posted it on the social media platform with a photo of him with the Gandhi scion, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Ahmed Patel.
The news of his resignation comes over a month after the cabinet reshuffle where his portfolio was changed from that of local government, tourism and cultural affairs to Power and New and Renewable Energy Sources Department. Punjab CM Captain Amarinder made the decision after Sidhu missed a meeting for the review of the cabinet chaired by him. However, Sidhu did not take over the new post despite it being over a month, thereby courting more controversy.
On July 9, in a letter to Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore, BJP national secretary Tarun Chugh sought his intervention in what he called a "crisis" situation in the state after Sidhu remained absent from his office for a month.
On June 21, posters with Navjot Singh Sidhu were put on the walls of roadside in Punjab's Mohali district, questioning the Congress leader on when will he quit politics. "When are you quitting politics??? Time to keep your word," read the posters.
It was in reference to a Lok Sabha campaign speech where Sidhu made a promise saying that he will quit politics if Congress President Rahul Gandhi will lose from Uttar Pradesh's Amethi to BJP's Smriti Irani in the recently-concluded Lok Sabha elections.