In a major jolt to the BJP ahead of the Punjab assembly elections, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday resigned from the Rajya Sabha and hit out at the party, claiming it was preventing him from working for the state’s welfare.
Sidhu, who is likely to officially announce his future course of action in a day or two, is all set to join the Aam Aadmi Party and become its chief ministerial candidate for Punjab where assembly elections is due early next year.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the news:
If #NavjotSinghSidhu is trying to further his political career by joining Kejriwal, then to quote him, "He is only trying to milk an Ox."— Nikhil Sapre (@PhD_Finance) July 18, 2016
Make Sidhu the Chief Minister???? Punjab is on drugs or wha... Oh.— Sidindur Vadukutsson (@sidin) July 18, 2016
Lobbying for vacant Rajya Sabha seat has begun in BJP. Here's Anupam Kher pushing his case as Sidhu's replacement pic.twitter.com/k8TDzAd3VT— Aditya Menon (@AdityaMenon22) July 18, 2016
Sidhu featuring on Comedy shows and his funny one-liners seemed to be the talking point.
Navjot Sidhu resigns from RS, may join AAP. From being laughed at for doing nothing to doing something everyone can laugh at.— just shoot me (@_MrAlBundy) July 18, 2016
Severe pressure on us to contest Punjab elections seeing other comedians like Bhagwant Mann, Navjot Sidhu and Arvind Kejriwal.— The Viral Fever (@TheViralFever) July 18, 2016
Now that #NavjotSinghSidhu has quit, Modi and Shah are officially the biggest jokers in the BJP.— lindsay pereira (@lindsaypereira) July 18, 2016
Some weren’t happy with him quitting ‘just’ BJP
I really don't care if #NavjotSinghSidhu left BJP. I will be happy if he left Extra Innings and Comedy Nights with Kapil.— Dr Mosaic (@Rickshaw_wala) July 18, 2016
Couldn’t handle 2 comedy shows at the same time,hence I quit. #NavjotSinghSidhu— BaBu (@BabuSaheb90) July 18, 2016
*Lands in Delhi after break*— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) July 18, 2016
*Gets out of aircraft*
*Pulls out phone, checks Twitter*
*Breaking: Sidhu joins AAP*
*Gets back into aircraft*
It is the age of the startups
Sidhu resigned from Rajya Sabha, to join AAP. Another example of a person quitting full time job and joining Startup.— EngiNerd. (@mainbhiengineer) July 18, 2016
#NavjotSinghSidhu left BJP and Joined AAP - it's like an IIT graduated student joined MBA in marketing program at IIPM.— ThakurSaab. (@HathwalaThakur) July 18, 2016