Navjot Sidhu resigns as Punjab Congress chief

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Almost eight months after taking over as PPCC chief, Navjot Singh Sidhu tendered his resignation after party president Sonia Gandhi asked the PCC presidents to resign for reorganisation of the state bodies.

In a tweet, Sidhu said that as desired by the party president he had put in his papers.

This is the second time that Sidhu has resigned after taking over the state unit chief. In September last year, he had resigned over the appointment of the DGP and advocate general in the CharanjitChanni government. In his letter sent to Gandhi, he had then said, “The collapse of a man’s character stems from the compromise corner, I can never compromise on Punjab’s future and the agenda for the welfare of Punjab. Therefore, I hereby resign as the president of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee.”

He then had announced to withdraw his resignation after the AG was changed and the process to replace the DGP was started.

He also reminded CM Bhagwant Mann to eradicate ‘mafia raj’ in Punjab.

Though the former PCC president drew flak from his detractors for congratulating the newly elected Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Sidhu in a tweet wrote: “The happiest man is the one from whom no one expects… Bhagwant Mann unfurls a new anti-mafia era in Punjab with a mountain of expectations… hope he rises to the occasion, brings back Punjab on the revival path with pro-people policies… best always”.

Sidhu has been speaking against the cable, sand, transport and liquor mafia. —