The problems in Punjab Congress are far from over. The fratricidal war has turned Punjab politics upside down in hardly two months. Navjot Singh Sidhu took over as the state party chief in July amid a leadership tussle with former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who stepped down as chief minister ten days back while accusing the party high command of humiliating him.
Reportedly upset Navjot Singh Sidhu over not being appointed as CM further added more problems in Congress' bucket after he tendered his resignation from the post of party's state chief, plunging the party into a fresh crisis just months ahead of the assembly elections in the state.
First termed as anti-national and dangerous for the border state by Captain Amarinder Singh over his relations with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army Chief Bajwa, and now being called "unstable", will this resignation by Sidhu prove disastrous for him, as far as his innings in the Punjab Congress is concerned, only time will tell.
"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 the letter.
"Therefore, I hereby resign as the president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee. Will continue to serve the Congress," he further wrote.
Singh, who had called Sidhu “dangerous” and “anti-national”, and said he will pit a strong candidate against him to ensure that he doesn’t become the chief minister, was quick to react.
“I told you so… he is not a stable man not fit for the border state of Punjab,” the former CM tweeted.
The abrupt resignation took place on a day Amarinder Singh was headed for Delhi.
Sidhu’s resignation has also prompted speculation over the next move of the politician, who was with the BJP before he joined the Congress.
In Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party claimed that Sidhu resigned because a poor person was made the chief minister.
Channi, who took charge last week, is the state’s first Schedule Caste chief minister.
The opposition had, however, charged that he was being overshadowed by Sidhu, who they claimed would end up being the party face when the assembly elections are held.