oppn parties Sidhu's Resignation Drama: Devious Political Game

News Snippets

  • Government data placed in Parliament shows a sharp decline in job creation under its flagship employment generation schemes
  • The government is working to amend the Aadhar Act to make it possible for the Aadhar to be linked with the Voter's ID. Election Commission will simultaneously be empowered to link the two
  • Tapas Pal, former TMC MP, dies of cardiac arrest in Mumbai. He was questioned for his alleged involvement in the Rose Valley scam and gained notoriety for his rape remark in 2014.
  • Bypoll to panchayats in J&K, scheduled for March in eight phases, postponed due to security concerns.
  • Supreme Court says that overhead power transmission lines going through the Desert National Park in Jaisalmer in Rajasthan must go underground to save the Great Indian Bustard and the Lesser Florican
  • Pakistan not placed in FAFT blacklist but kept on the grey list with warning
  • The government is expected to announce duty cuts and other measures to combat business disruption due to coronavirus outbreak in China
  • South-East Asia loses its charm as a tourist destination after the coronavirus outbreak in China, airfares dip to new lows
  • DMK leader RS Bharathi says media is running like the red light area in Mumbai
  • A Delhi court issues fresh warrants for the hanging of the Nirbhaya convicts. Fixes the date for March 3
  • Supreme Court appoints a mediation team to ask Shaheen Bagh protestors to avoid blocking the road and shift to another venue
  • Supreme Court says peaceful protests cannot be denied in a democracy but also says that a balance must be struck as protestors cannot be allowed to block roads
  • Telcos pay part of their dues for AGR after the bashing from the Supreme Court
  • Debbie Abrahams, a Labour MP from UK, who was critical of India's action in Kashmir, not allowed to enter India. She was deported to Dubai from the Delhi airport
  • Sidharth Shukla wins Big Boss 13
Former principal secretary to PM Modi, Nripendra Mishra, appointed to head the temple committee of the Ram Janambhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust
oppn parties
Sidhu's Resignation Drama: Devious Political Game

By Sunil Garodia

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.

Navjot Singh Sidhu is up to his old tricks. He has resigned as a minister from the Punjab cabinet. But instead of submitting his resignation to the chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Sidhu is supposed to have sent his letter to Rahul Gandhi as far back as June 10th. Sidhu is too seasoned a politician to know that any resignation from the state cabinet is effective only if sent to, and accepted by, the Governor or the chief minister. Any other way of resigning is just dramabaazi.

But isn't Sidhu a champion in theatrics? His main purpose is not to resign but to create pressure on the chief minister who had demoted him in the recent cabinet reshuffle. He was divested of the local bodies, tourism and cultural affairs portfolio and moved to power and new and renewable energy department. He had not taken up the charge of his new ministry ever seen he was shifted to it. He knew that if he submitted the resignation to the state Governor or chief minister it would have been accepted. Hence, to put pressure on the chief minister he sent it to Rahul Gandhi.

Since the Congress is in turmoil right now, with Rahul Gandhi no longer the president, Sidhu's devious plan did not succeed. Having no alternative, Sidhu now says that he will send the resignation letter to the chief minister. Sidhu is known trouble-maker. The trouble with him is that he can't see beyond his nose. Further, he is being used as a pawn in a game of wits between the Gandhi family and the Punjab chief minister. Hence, Captain Amarinder Singh should accept his resignation and send him for a longish cooling-off period.

Further, why did he choose to make the resignation letter public now, one month after sending it? Does it have anything to do with his meeting with Rahul and Priyanka a couple of days ago? Is it also connected to Captain Amarinder Singh's recent comments that someone young should be made Congress president? The family obviously wants a stop-gap president to keep the seat warm for Rahul, who will return once the shame of a crushing defeat fades away. The Congress is known to clip the wings of influential state leaders who are a threat to the family. Is the family trying to cut the Captain to size by using Sidhu?