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Sidhu submits fresh letter

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NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Party MP and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday sent a fresh resignation letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee after his first letter was rejected as it did not conform to rules.

The Speaker's office confirmed the receipt of the letter but a final decision will be taken only after Mr. Chatterjee returns from Kolkata.

Should the letter conform to the parameters laid down in Rule 240 (1) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Lok Sabha, the Speaker will call Mr. Sidhu to personally ascertain that the resignation is voluntary and has not been tendered under duress.

Also, Mr. Sidhu will be expected to sign the letter again in the Speaker's presence.

According to Rule 240 (1), "A member who desires to resign his seat in the House shall intimate in writing under his hand addressed to the Speaker, his intention to resign his seat in the House [in a prescribed form] and shall not give any reason for his resignation."

In his first letter, Mr. Sidhu had mentioned "an 18-year old case arising out of an alleged road rage."

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