A minister and two Congress leaders, considered close to Navjot Singh Sidhu, stepped down from their posts hours after the latter resigned as the Congress Pradesh Committee Chief, and sources have told CNN-News18 that more will follow.
“The strategy is to build pressure on the Congress leadership,” a top source in the party said.
Razia Sultana resigned as the Punjab Cabinet minister on Tuesday, just hours after Sidhu quit as the state Congress chief. In her resignation letter to Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, Sultana said she is resigning “in solidarity with Navjot Singh Sidhu”.
Sultana is considered close to Sidhu. Her husband Mohd Mustafa, who is a former IPS officer, is a principal strategic adviser to Sidhu. Earlier in the day, Sultana was given charge of the water supply and sanitation, social security, women and child development, printing and stationery departments.
She used to hold the transport department in the Amarinder Singh-led government.
About an hour before Sultana, PPCC treasurer Gulzar Inder Chahal also quit his post and sent a one-line resignation letter to CM Channi without giving any reason for his decision.
Notably, Chahal, an actor-turned-politician, was appointed as the Punjab Congress Committee treasure just seven days ago on September 21 formally, days after Channi took oath as the new Chief Minister of the state.
PPCC general secretary Yoginder Dhingra also put in his papers without citing any reason.
With inputs from News18