Amritsar: Navjot Singh Sidhu on Wednesday resigned as Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday sacked the party’s chiefs in the five states where it suffered humiliating poll defeats last week including heavyweight cricketer-turned-politician Sidhu, who was in charge of Punjab.
Sidhu has sent his resignation to Mrs. Gandhi. He shared an image of his letter and wrote on Twitter: “As desired by the Congress President I have sent my resignation.”
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) swept Punjab winning 92 of 117 seats leaving the Congress with only 18.
In an election which has surely catapulted Kejriwal into the national politics, Congress top guns including out-going chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi, who had contested from two seats, have suffered defeats.
Sidhu had also lost his seat in Punjab and accepted his defeat in a tweet.
The party also failed to put up a strong fight in three other states where it had hoped for a comeback – Uttarakhand, Goa, and Manipur. After being decimated in five state elections, the Congress’s top decision-making body, the Congress Working Committee (CWC), met on Sunday.
Mrs. Gandhi’s move is seen as a follow-up to the meeting where it was decided that she would continue as the interim chief of the Congress.
Meanwhile, Punjab chief minister-elect Bhagwant Mann will take oath of office on Wenedsay (March 16). The former MP from Sangrur constituency in Punjab has said that he would not take the oath of office at Raj Bhawan. Instead, the ceremony would be held at Khatkarkalan in Nawanshahr district, the ancestral village of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh.
“The oath-taking ceremony will not be held at Raj Bhawan, but at Khatkarkalan. The date will be announced later,” he had said in his victory speech in Dhuri, where he won by over 58,000 votes.
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