She ‘resigned’ from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) two days ago on Facebook, and now she has announced her comeback too via the social media site — thus continues the sulk-fest of Amritsar-East MLA and chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu.
Her latest Facebook post talks of interventions by BJP’s national organisational secretary Ram Lal, besides her husband, cricketer-politician and three-time former Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu as being behind her return.
On Friday (also, April Fools’ Day), she had posted on FB, “Finally, I have resigned from BJP. The burden is over”; and followed up with a post on how the Amritsar Improvement Trust had not opened tenders of Rs 79 crore worth of development works in her constituency. She had accused chief minister Parkash Singh Badal of making false promises, though she did not talk to the media.
Her latest post reads: “Finally financial bids for 49 crore open and work starts again. Ramlal ji’s and Mr Navjot’s intervention has me back on path to service. Will not tolerate injustice to people of my constituency at any cost. My only purpose in politics is development and justice but hiccups at every corner do demoralize me. Hope sense prevails. Love and support from people was enormous and I am indebted to them. Also it makes me all the more stern to not falter on my path and work with more aggression and not bow before people putting obstacles in my path. Thank you GOD for not letting me leave people of my constituency in lurch.”
Sources said she had been in Delhi ever since her Friday ‘resignation’ post, and her husband accompanied her in the meeting with Ram Lal. Meanwhile, there was no word from the BJP leadership even as the party’s state unit chief, Kamal Sharma, had maintained that he never received any resignation from her anyway.
The Sidhus have been vocal against the BJP’s ruling partner SAD, even expressly against CM Badal and his son and deputy Sukhbir Singh Badal. Not long ago, she had given loud hints of gravitating towards the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) “if the BJP stayed on with the SAD”.