Will continue to serve as Punjab Congress chief: Sidhu

Chandigarh: Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday said he has taken back his resignation from the post.

“I will continue to serve as state chief,” said Sidhu, who had announced he was stepping down on September 28.

At a press conference here, he said he would resume work in the office the day a new Advocate General is appointed and the panel on the new DGP is received.

His announcement comes days after Advocate General A.P.S. Deol resigned from his position and the Punjab government has sent a list of 10 names to the Union Public Service Commission for appointment of the Director-General of Police.

Sidhu said: “Posts do not matter when you are on the path of truth”.

Appointed the state chief on July 19, Sidhu resigned minutes after allocation of portfolios to ministers in the new government headed by Charanjit Channi who succeeded Amarinder Singh as the Chief Minister.

In his resignation letter to party chief Sonia Gandhi, Sidhu wrote: “The collapse of man’s character stems from the compromise corner. I can never compromise on Punjab’s future and the agenda for the welfare of Punjab. Therefore, I hereby resign as president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee. Will continue to serve the Congress.”

One of the reasons behind Sidhu’s resignation was the Congress government was appointing Deol as its Advocate General. This led to the government coming under fire from the Opposition, as Deol was recently counseled for former DGP Sumedh Singh Saini, the police chief during the incidents of sacrilege and police firing on protesters.

Sidhu told the media that the Advocate General and the DGP were two important officers to take the issues of Bargari sacrilege and drugs to a logical conclusion.