Punjab Congress crisis: A series of resignations followed hours after Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned as the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Chief on Tuesday.
A minister and three Congress leaders, considered close to Navjot Singh Sidhu, stepped down from their posts delivering a big blow to the Congress high command that was hoping of resolving the tussle between Navjot Singh Sidhu and Captain Amarinder Singh after Navjot was appointed as Punjab Congress President.
Punjab Cabinet Minister Razia Sultana resigned from her ministerial post in "solidarity" with party leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, who resigned as party's state unit chief.
Gautam Seth resigned as General Secretary (in-charge training) of Punjab Congress. Congress leader Yoginder Dhingra resigned as General Secretary of Punjab Congress "in solidarity with Navjot Singh Sidhu" who stepped down on Monday.
Also, Punjab joint secretary, Mansimrat Singh Riar resigned from his post in solidarity with Sidhu.
Meanwhile, Congress sources said Navjot Singh Sidhu's resignation has not been accepted. Top leadership has asked the state leadership to resolve the matter at their own level first.
State party treasurer Gulzar Inder Chahal also stepped down from his post.
Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira said, "He (Navjot Singh Sidhu) had taken stand against corruption in Punjab..., if his suggestions are not paid heed to, he would not want to be a speechless president. We urge him to withdraw resignation & request high command to redress his grievances."
Sidhu's resignation came just before former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh's visit to the national capital, who was visiting Delhi after he resigned on September 18.