Punjab politics is going through a rough run. Close on heels post the cabinet reshuffle, BJP has now alleged that state minister Navjot Singh Sidhu is drawing salary and enjoying perks of his office even though he has not been attending to his duties for over a month.
BJP national secretary Tarun Chugh has written a letter to Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore requesting for his intervention in the ‘crisis situation’ that has arisen after Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh reshuffled the cabinet.
According to sources, Chugh said, “I have written a letter to Punjab Governor. There is a Constitutional crisis in Punjab today. It has been over a month since a minister who took the oath of office, has been absent, even though he is drawing a salary and enjoying the perks of his office.”
He continued, “He has migrated; the feud between the Chief Minister and the minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has caused a constitutional crisis. I request the Governor to take action in Punjab’s interest. If the minister does not want to work someone else should look after his department. If he is drawing a salary but not working, action should be taken.”
In the letter dated July 6, Chugh wrote: “Punjab Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, whose department was changed during a reshuffle of portfolios by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, has not assumed his charge as Power Minister even though a period of more than a month has passed. It is very unfortunate that Sidhu is not fulfilling the duties he has towards the people of the state.”
Concluding his letter, Chugh requested the Governor to take cognisance of the matter as he was the Constitutional head of the state.