Punjab cabinet minister Razia Sultana put in her papers in ‘solidarity’ with Navjot Singh Sidhu, who resigned from the post of the state Congress chief on Tuesday.
IMAGE: Punjab Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu. Photograph: ANI Photo
Others who followed Sidhu are Gulzar Inder Chahal — who resigned as Treasurer of PPCC — and Yoginder Dhingra, who resigned as general secretary of Punjab Congress.
Sultana is considered close to Sidhu and her husband Mohd Mustafa, a former Indian Police Service officer, is a principal strategic adviser to the Congress leader.
In her resignation letter to Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, the minister said, ‘I, Razia Sultana, hereby resign as cabinet minister, Punjab, in solidarity with Navjot Singh Sidhu, PPCC president, and millions of Congress workers across the state.’
‘I will continue to work for the party as a worker in the best interest of Punjab. My heartfelt thanks to Sonia Gandhiji, hon’ble Congress president, and Rahul Gandhiji for their countless blessings on me and my family in our hours of need,’ she said in her resignation letter.
Mustafa shared the resignation of his wife on his Twitter handle.
‘So proud of my wife Razia Sultana for her principled decision to resign in the best interest of Cong and its leadership, in particular Rahul Gandhi our benefactor,’ tweeted Mustafa.
Both Mustafa and Sultana went to Patiala to meet Sidhu at his residence there.
— with inputs from ANI