Navjot Singh Sidhu says BJP asked him to stay away from Punjab, mum on joining AAP
Breaking his silence for the first time after resigning from the Rajya Sabha, Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday alleged that he resigned because he was asked to stay away from Punjab. At his first news conference after he submitted his resignation as the MP, Sidhu did not disclose his future political plan.
“I was asked to not even look at Punjab. How can I quit my roots? This is the fourth time it happened, and it was hard to accept this time,” Sidhu told reporters.
How can Navjot Singh Sidhu stay away from his motherland,” he repeated.
“They wanted me to stay away from Punjab. No party in this world is above or greater than Punjab. If it comes to choosing between my family, my party and Punjab, I will choose Punjab a 100 times,” he said.
The news of resignation have triggered speculations that he is likely to join the AAP.
Punjab goes to the polls next year. But he did not confirm this, when quizzed by reporters.
The cricketer-turned-politician said: “Wherever Punjab’s interest is served, you can find me there.”
Sidhu, who debuted in 1983 in a Test match against West Indies, retired from all forms of cricket in 1999.
Sidhu was nominated to the Upper House earlier this year.
He had been representing Amritsar in Lok Sabha from 2004. But in 2014, he was denied ticket by the BJP. Instead Finance Minister Arun Jaitley contested from Amritsar, but lost the seat.
The BJP has not so far reacted to the charges levelled by Sidhu.