Chandigarh: Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, who was sulking after being stripped of key portfolio in the Punjab Cabinet reshuffle in June, has resigned from the Amarinder Singh Cabinet.

The Congress minister took to Twitter on Sunday (July 14), to make his resignation letter (dated June 10) public. The letter was addressed to then Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

"I hereby resign as minister from Punjab Cabinet," Sidhu said in the letter to the Congress chief, which he posted on his Twitter handle.


In another tweet, Sidhu said he would be sending his resignation letter to the chief minister.

On June 6, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh had divested Sidhu of the local government and tourism and cultural affairs departments and allotted him power and new and renewable energy portfolio. 

In an apparent snub, Sidhu was also left out of the consultative groups formed by the chief minister on June 8, two days after the Cabinet reshuffle, to accelerate the implementation of the government's flagship programmes.

Over a month after he was stripped of key portfolio, Sidhu had not taken charge of his new assignment, as stalemate with the chief minister had continued.