Hours after the acceptance of the resignation of Navjot Singh Sidhu by Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh, the Governor wasted no time in accepting it.
After Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh, Governor has also accepted Navjot Singh Sidhu‘s resignation. After a final seal from Governor, Sidhu is out of cabinet now staying away from the political scene in the state. He is not responding to any calls of his colleagues and media either.
Confirming this development the Chief Minister’s Office said that the portfolio of Local Bodies will be held by the CM himself as an additional charge for now.
The message that lies in this resignation episode is loud and clear. Capt. Amarinder has an identity of his own and has a solid base of supporters in state politics.
In the last Assembly election, people voted for him and not for the Congress. So, the party can’t take him for granted and can not afford to go without him in the state. And that is why an intervention by the AICC General Secretary Priyanka Vadra to end this stalemate couldn’t bear fruit.
During Amarinder’s stay at Delhi, Priyanka had made efforts to break the ice between the warring duo. Sidhu too met her in Delhi on Thursday. But this intervention didn’t help. Both stuck to their guns.
As a compromise pact, Priyanka told Sidhu that he can be offered one more department along with the Power portfolio.
Sidhu refused this offer saying that if he accepts the power department, it would send out the message that he has accepted the “non-performance tag” given to him by the CM.
On the other hand, Amarinder is reported to have told Priyanka that if he budged and gave back the Local Bodies department to Sidhu, it would send out the message that the CM has buckled under a cabinet colleague’s pressure. Other ministers who were stripped of their departments would start defying the CM and it would become a never-ending problem.
He also put the argument that it was the CM’s prerogative to change portfolios. Sidhu, having a grudge against Amarinder, reportedly told Priyanka that he was singled out like several other ministers who could not perform were rewarded with better portfolios.
In such circumstances, Amarinder had only two options, either to accept the resignation or give Sidhu the Local Bodies department back. At long last, he chose the first option.