In a surprise move, Navjot Singh Sidhu announced his resignation as Punjab Congress chief shortly after the state cabinet was announced.

In a letter to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, which he shared on Twitter, he wrote that he could never compromise on Punjab’s future and the agenda for the welfare of the state.

Sidhu had taken over as the state party chief in July.

Trouble started brewing on Sunday as a few hours before the new ministers were to take oath, some MLAs wrote to Sidhu, saying the “tainted” Rana Gurjeet Singh should not be made minister since he faced accusations of corruption in sand mining. Gurjeet Singh, in fact, was removed from the cabinet by then chief minister Amarinder Singh over the corruption allegations.

The resignation, months before the Punjab election, has shocked the Congress leadership.

Former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh was quick to comment on Sidhu’s resignation. In a tweet, he wrote, “I told you so… he is not a stable man and not fit for the border state of Punjab”.

Sidhu’s move coincides with Amarinder Singh’s visit to Delhi on Tuesday. Though it is described as “personal”, there is speculation about a possible meeting between the Captain and the BJP.

With inputs from agencies

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