Punjab | Jagran News Desk: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has accepted Navjot Singh Sidhu’s resignation. He later forwarded it to the Governor of the state Vijayender Pal Singh Badnore who also accepted his resignation.

As per reports, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh will hold Sidhu's portfolio for the time being.

Sidhu had resigned from the state Cabinet a few days back.

The acceptance of the resignation came days after Sidhu resigned from Punjab Cabinet.

Amarinder had earlier said that he would decide on Sidhu's resignation after going through the contents of the letter once he reached Chandigarh. He returned to Chandigarh on Wednesday evening.

Sidhu, who had been at loggerheads with the chief minister and was stripped off-key portfolios in a cabinet reshuffle on June 6, took to Twitter on Sunday, making public his June 10 resignation letter from the state cabinet addressed to the then Congress president.

Earlier this week, Amarinder had said if the cricketer-turned-politician did not want to do his job, there was nothing he could do about it.

On July 15, Sidhu said he had sent his resignation letter to Amarinder.

On June 6, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had divested Sidhu of the Local Government and Tourism and Cultural Affairs Departments and allotted him the power and new and renewable energy portfolio.

Ever since the portfolio reshuffle exercise, Sidhu and his wife Navjot Kaur have been maintaining a distance from the media.

The tension between Amarinder and his cabinet colleague had come out in the open last month when the CM blamed Sidhu for the "inept handling" of the Local Government Department, claiming that it resulted in "poor performance" of the Congress in urban areas in the Lok Sabha polls.

The cricketer-turned-politician however, had said that his department was being "singled out publicly" while asserting that he could not be taken for granted as he had been a "performer throughout."  

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma