Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday responded to the controversy surrounding Navjot Singh Sidhu's resignation. He said he never received Sidhu's resignation which the Punjab minister had sent it to the Congress president Rahul Gandhi in June. The CM said that the resignation has been sent to his house on Monday and he is yet to read it.
He spoke about the situation with Sidhu after he switched his portfolio from Tourism to Power ministry saying that it was one of the most important ministries in the state.
"In October paddy season will be on, (but) Punjab has not received even one shower of rain. Every day I receive a question that what is the situation of Power ministry of the state. Now, that is the job of the minister to do but he has not done it. Yesterday, I am told that he has given his resignation to the Congress president, today I was told that it has been delivered to my house," he said.
Capt Singh also added that Sidhu did not send him the resignation when it was sent to Gandhi in June as claimed by the former cricketer turned politician.
"He had never sent it to me. He has now sent it to me at my house in Chandigarh. Let me read it first before deciding on it. He can send it to the Congress president after all Congress president decides who should be in the cabinet or not, even my cabinet ministry. Sidhu was taken in (the cabinet) as it was decided in Delhi.
He also spoke about the cabinet reshuffle and said that a minister cannot say no to a decision taken by the chief minister.
"I thought power is one of the most important thing in Punjab. Once a decision has been taken you can't say I won't do it. You have to do what you are told to do, it is an important job to take. There has to be some discipline in the government if it is to function effectively," he said.
He also spoke about Navjot Kaur Sidhu, wife of Navjot Singh Sidhu, who had blamed him for giving her a Congress ticket from Bathinda and not from Chandigarh or Amritsar which was her preference for the Lok Sabha polls.
"I had never opposed Mrs Sidhu. In fact, I had told Mr Gandhi to remove her from Bathinda. But Sidhu told media my wife will not fight from Batindha she will fight from Chandigarh. But that is not his call to take."