Chandigarh: Hours after Navjyot Singh Sidhu resigned from the post of Punjab Congress president, Cabinet minister Razia Sultana stepped down from her post “in solidarity with” Sidhu.
Sultana had taken oath as the Cabinet minister in the newly formed Punjab Cabinet led by Charanjit Singh Channi. Ironically, her resignation comes just hours after she was given the portfolio of water supply, sanitation, women and child development, printing and stationery departments.
In her letter to CM Channi, Sultana wrote that she was “resigning in solidarity with Navjyot Singh Sidhu” and “millions of Congress workers across the state”.
She said she would continue to work for the party “as a worker in the best interest of Punjab”.
Just 10 days after Captain Amarinder Singh stepped down as chief minister of Punjab, Sidhu resigned as the Punjab Congress president. He wrote a letter to party president Sonia Gandhi earlier on Tuesday, informing her of his decision.
When the news broke, Amarinder Singh posted a tweet calling Sidhu “unstable”.
More ministers likely to resign?
The buzz in the political corridors of Punjab is that more ministers are likely to follow Razia Sultana. There is a likelihood for around six ministers close to Sidhu resigning by Tuesday night.
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