Mumbai: Punjab Cabinet minister Razia Sultana, who took the oath of office two days ago, quit on Tuesday to show solidarity to Navjot Sidhu who resigned as state Congress chief.
The Punjab cabinet minister said, “I resign in solidarity with Navjot Sidhu.” According to reports, an urgent cabinet meeting is underway.
“Sidhu Sahab is a man of principles. He is fighting for Punjab and Punjabiyat,” Ms. Sultana said, according to an ANI report. In her letter of resignation, she said, “I will continue to work for the party as a worker in the best interest of Punjab.”
Razia Sultana, who took as a Cabinet Minister of Punjab two days ago, resigns "in solidarity with Navjot Singh Sidhu", who stepped down as Punjab Congress president earlier today
She says, "Sidhu Sahab is a man of principles. He is fighting for Punjab and Punjabiyat." pic.twitter.com/XyL1fY4Ysq
— ANI (@ANI) September 28, 2021
Sources said that after the resignation, an immediate cabinet meeting is going on in the state.
Sidhu resigned from the post of Punjab Congress president, dealing a major blow to the Gandhi family, who had hoped that a change of chief minister would help end the turmoil in the state ahead of next year’s state elections.
The cricketer-turned-politician tweeted a resignation letter that hinted at his unhappiness at the ongoing changes to the Punjab cabinet.
“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,” he wrote in his letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
He had taken charge of the party in Punjab in July.