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Navjot Sidhu loses Local Government portfolio after Cabinet reshuffle, gets Power Ministry

Amrinder Singh On Thursday Evening Rejigged The Portfolios Of Most Of His Ministers. Sidhu’s Tourism And Cultural Affairs Portfolio Was Also Taken Away, As Per An Official Statement.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Victor Dasgupta | Updated on: 06 Jun 2019, 11:53:02 PM
Congress leader Navjot Sidhu gets Power Ministry

New Delhi:

Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who is at loggerheads with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, was Thursday divested of the Local Government department and was given the Power and New and Renewable Energy portfolio in a cabinet reshuffle. The portfolio rejig took place hours after the first state Cabinet meeting following the Lok Sabha elections.

Singh on Thursday evening rejigged the portfolios of most of his ministers.  Sidhu’s tourism and cultural affairs portfolio was also taken away, as per an official statement. Barring four ministers, there are some changes in the portfolios of all the others as a result of the reallocation.  The chief minister said this will help further streamline the government and bring more transparency and efficiency.

Earlier today, Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu skipped the first cabinet meeting after the elections and asserted that he could not be “taken for granted”.

Amarinder had recently said he intended to change the cricketer-turned-politician’s portfolio of local government department over the party’s performance in the Lok Sabha polls. “I cannot be taken for granted. I have been a performer throughout in 40 years of my life be it international cricket, or world class commentary with Geoffrey Boycott, TV shows or motivational talks,” Sidhu told reporters.

He said the urban areas played pivotal role in the party’s victory in Punjab and his department is being singled out. “My department is being singled out publicly. I always regard him as my elder I always listen to him. But it hurts and now where is the collective responsibility? He (Amarinder) could have called me and said anything he wanted to say,” Sidhu said here.

In the recently held general election, Congress won eight out of the 13 seats. The SAD-BJP combine won four while the AAP managed to win only one seat.

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First Published : 06 Jun 2019, 11:53:02 PM

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