Punjab Cabinet minister Razia Sultana resigned from her ministerial post on Tuesday in "solidarity" with party leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, who resigned as Congress state unit chief.
In a letter to Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, Razia Sultana said she would continue to work for the Congress as a worker.
"I, Razia Sultana, hereby resign as Cabinet Minister, Punjab, in solidarity with Navjot Singh Sidhu, PPCC president, and millions of Congress workers across the state. I will continue to work for the party as a worker in the best interest of Punjab. My heartfelt thanks to Sonia Gandhi ji, Congress president, and Rahul Gandhi ji for their countless blessings on me and my family in hours of need," she said.
Congress MLAs Razia Sultana, Vijay Inder Singla, Bharat Bhushan Ashu and Randeep Singh Nabha took oath as ministers in the Charanjit Singh Channi-led Cabinet on Sunday.
Sultana represents the Malerkotla constituency in the Punjab Legislative Assembly.
Earlier, Gulzar Inder Chahal also resigned as treasurer of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) following the resignation of Navjot Singh Sidhu.
While Sidhu in his letter stated, "The collapse of a man's character stems from the compromise corner, I can never compromise on Punjab's future and the agenda for the welfare of Punjab. Therefore, I hereby resign as the President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee. Will continue to serve the Congress," Sidhu said in his letter after resigning.
Sidhu was appointed as the president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) on July 23. His resignation comes just before former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh's visit to Delhi.