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HindustanTimes Wed,17 Sep 2014

No quiet Sidhu, quite a Sidhu

Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, September 17, 2013
First Published: 21:08 IST(17/9/2013) | Last Updated: 00:08 IST(18/9/2013)

Though the BJP has "gagged" Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu from raising issues in public, he seems in no mood to relent.

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Speaking to HT on Tuesday, Sidhu said, "What gag order? Isn't it my right to raise my voice for Amritsar? I will continue to speak till the issue reaches its logical conclusion."

"The issues I have raised are about the development of Amritsar and its people. How can my raising these issues be seen as harming the coalition? Where was the coalition dharma when the local MP was repeatedly ignored at key functions in his constituency?" wondered Sidhu.

"Let these people tell me what harm I am doing them by raising the issues of my constituency. Around 15 lakh people thrice chose me to do that. The SAD chief goes to Amritsar for inaugurating projects and doesn't involve the local MP; isn't it a breach of coalition dharma," asked Sidhu.

"Seven months ago, I got their invitation to Goa, but not for any meeting since then. I am not a school kid," said Sidhu.

"Shanta Kumar is a senior leader and I will meet him on September 19. I will raise the issues regarding the pending projects and the efforts to ignore me. Whenever the chief minister calls me, I will talk to him in the interest of Amritsar and its people. It's not a personal fight with anyone," he added.

Sidhu said, "I have nothing more to say. The ball is in their (chief minister's) court now. I have already demanded a judicial probe and asked them to return the money diverted from the Amritsar Improvement Trust. I have said all. It is their turn to respond now."

He said if they did not address the issues of Amritsar, "I will take the next step. My fight is on and I assure you that whatever position I have taken, I will not move back an inch."

After urging Sidhu to refrain from raising the issues in public, BJP Punjab affairs in-charge Shanta Kumar had urged chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to address the issues raised by the MP.

Kumar had also asked Punjab BJP chief Kamal Sharma to take Sidhu to the ministers concerned and also arrange a meeting with the chief minister.

Sidhu, who had been at loggerheads with the state government over the development issue, said, "Today, when I am asking questions, I am being asked to keep quiet. What is my fault, the respected leaders must tell."

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