In what can be a big setback for Narendra Modi government, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and nominated MP Navjot Singh Sidhu has tendered his resignation from the Upper House of Parliament.
Sidhu’s sudden move has sparked off speculation that he might join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
“Navjot Singh Sidhu, nominated member, resigns from Rajya Sabha,” Gurdeep Singh Sappal, OSD to the Vice President Hamid Ansari, said in a tweet.
According to reports, the resignation letter was addressed to Hamid Ansari, who is the chairman of the Rajya Sabha, official sources said, adding he is likely to accept the resignation.
The resignation came as a big surprise to the BJP, which shares power with the Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab. The state is expected to go to the polls early next year.
Reacting to the development, AAP leader Sanjay Singh told TV channels: “We welcome the resignation of Sidhu from the Rajya Sabha. For other queries that you have, it’s all premature.”
Sanjay Singh also said the resignation of the cricketer-turned-politician from the Upper House is seen as a “protest” against the ongoing Akali-BJP dispensation in Punjab.
“All right minded people should join this dharam yudh (righteous battle) against corruption,” the AAP leader said.
The AAP is seen as a key contender for power in Punjab.