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Navjot Sidhu resigns as Punjab Congress president after drubbing in election

Navjot Sidhu resigns as Punjab Congress president after drubbing in election

Senior Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has resigned as the president of the party’s Punjab unit after the party put up a dismal performance in the recently held election.

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Navjot Singh Sidhu has resigned from his post. His resignation came soon after Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi sought resignations of the chiefs of the Pradesh Congress Committees in all five states where the party suffered massive losses in the recently concluded assembly elections.


Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday sought the resignations of the five PCC chiefs of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa, and Manipur. Her decision came after a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) in New Delhi. The meeting was held to discuss the party’s performance in the assembly polls.

The CWC had authorised Sonia Gandhi to make comprehensive changes in the party structure at the state and national levels.

The other PCC presidents are Ajay Kumar Lallu from Uttar Pradesh, Nameirakpam Loken Singh from Manipur, Girish Chodankar from Goa, and Ganesh Godiyal from Uttarakhand. Among them Godiyal, Chodankar, and Lallu had resigned from their posts before Sonia Gandhi’s move, taking moral responsibility for the defeats in their respective states.


Sidhu was appointed the Punjab PCC president in July last year. However, soon after his appointment, the cricketer-turned-politician got into a bitter tussle with the then Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh.

Sidhu then locked horns with Charanjit Singh Channi, Captain Amarinder Singh’s successor and Congress party’s chief ministerial face in Punjab. Seemingly, as a result of this infighting, Congress was reduced to 18 seats in the Punjab assembly polls.

Navjot Singh Sidhu, who contested the high-profile Amritsar East seat, lost to AAP’s debutant candidate Jeevan Jyot Kaur.

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