Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who has been at war with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and was moved to what is seen as a less weighty portfolio last week, met with party President Rahul Gandhi today and submitted a letter. The sulking former cricketer-turned-politician is yet to take charge in his new ministry.
“Met the Congress President, handed him my letter, appraised him of the situation (sic),” Navjot Sidhu tweeted on Monday. It is not confirmed whether Mr Sidhu offered his resignation, as some reports suggest.
Mr Sidhu’s tweet also included a photo in which he is flanked by Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who joined the Congress in January. Congress leader Ahmed Patel, a close aide of Rahul Gandhi’s mother and former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, is also in the photo.
That he did get an audience with the party leadership in his running feud with Amarinder Singh is seen as very significant.
Amarinder Singh aka “Captain” last week took away the Local Government portfolio from Mr Sidhu and assigned him Power and New and Renewable Energy Sources. His other portfolio of Tourism and Cultural Affairs was also taken over by the Chief Minister.
“The Captain” also kept him out of crucial consultative groups announced on Saturday to review progress and make changes in the government’s flagship programmes and schemes.