Punjab CM Amarinder Singh accepts Navjot Singh Sidhu's resignation

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 20, 2019, 11.13 AM(IST)

File photo of Navjot Singh Sidhu. Photograph:( AFP )

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The resignation letter has now been forwarded to Governor of Punjab Vijayender Pal Singh Badnore who is yet to accept it.

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amrinder Singh accepted Navjot Singh Sidhu's resignation on Saturday as state minister which he had announced earlier.

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The resignation letter has now been forwarded to Governor of Punjab Vijayender Pal Singh Badnore who is yet to accept it.

The cricketer-turned-politician announced his resignation from the post of Punjab Cabinet minister on July 14. He shared the resignation letter on Twitter addressed to former Congress party president Rahul Gandhi and said that he "submitted this on June 10, 2019".

"My letter to the Congress President Shri Rahul Gandhi Ji, submitted on 10 June 2019," he said in a tweet.

This triggered a row of suspense on why it was not sent to Amarinder Singh in the past one month. 

Amrinder Singh and Sidhu have been at loggerheads since his controversial visit to Pakistan for the swearing-in ceremony of Imran Khan where he had hugged the Army Chief leading to a huge controversy.

On June 6, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh stripped Sidhu of the local Government and Tourism and Cultural Affairs Departments and allotted him the Power and New and Renewable Energy Portfolio.

"I cannot be taken for granted. I have been a performer throughout in 40 years of my life be it international cricket, or world-class commentary with Geoffrey Boycott, TV shows or motivational talks," Sidhu had told reporters after being stripped of the key portfolios.

"My department is being singled out publicly. I always regard him as my elder I always listen to him. But it hurts and now where is the collective responsibility? He (Amarinder) could have called me and said anything he wanted to say," Sidhu had added.