Ending suspense, Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday said he sent his resignation to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. "Today I have sent my resignation to the Chief Minister Punjab, has been delivered at his official residence...," he tweeted.
However, the Chief Minister was away in Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. There was no comment on the issue from the Chief Minister's Office.
The cricketer-turned-politician has quit from the Punjab cabinet amid a rift with the CM. On Sunday, Sidhu had tweeted an image of his resignation letter to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. The letter, dated June 10, said, "I hereby resign as a minister from the Punjab Cabinet."
What is interesting about this resignation letter is that it was dated June 10, while Rahul Gandhi had quit as the Congress president on June 6. So, the letter should have been addressed to Captain Amarinder Singh.
Sidhu had also tweeted an image on June 10. The caption read, "Met the congress President, handed him my letter, appraised him of the situation!"
The Punjab CM and Sidhu had a very volatile relationship after Navjot Kaur was denied a Lok Sabha seat from Amritsar for the recent elections. Another reason for the rift was Sidhu's change in portfolio.
His portfolio was changed from the Local Bodies' to the Ministry of Power and Supply after he did not attend a cabinet meeting and when asked for the reason, he replied that he is only "answerable to the people of Punjab". He was yet to assume charge of his new department and Captian Amarinder Singh was chairing it during Sidhu's absence.