Amarinder Singh strips Navjot Sidhu of local bodies portfolio

Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh took an action for rebellious streak by his minister Navjot SIngh Sidhu. According to sources, the Punjab CM decided to strip his cabinet colleague Navjot Singh Sidhu of his local bodies portfolio on Thursday. This came hours after the outspoken cricketer-turned-politician had skipped a cabinet meeting and attacked him in a Press conference.

“I cannot be taken for granted… I am answerable to the people of Punjab,” Sidhu told reporters minutes before Chief Minister Singh decided to advise the Governor to divest his cabinet colleague of his most important portfolio. Capt Singh will retain the portfolio with himself for now.

Sidhu will retain the tourism and culture ministries under his charge. He also continues to be cabinet minister.

But Capt Singh’s decision to strip him of the local bodies department is a sharp message to Sidhu, who had cited the performance of the Congress in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections in urban areas, as evidence that he had delivered.