Punjab BJP chief Kamal Sharma has not taken kindly to the protest by activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) against his party MLA from Amritsar East and chief parliamentary secretary (CPS), Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu.
"It is a serious matter and I will take it up with chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and the senior leadership of SAD. After all, we are coalition partners and such incidents do not go down well with the public," said Sharma in an informal chat with the media here on Saturday.
Akali leader and workers of the Amritsar East constituency had on Friday held a protest against Dr Sidhu and burnt her effigy, alleging that Akali workers and their demands for development in their respective areas were ignored by the CPS. Dr Sidhu, on the other hand, had denied these allegations and stated that she did not harbour biased approach and was concerned over the development of her entire constituency.
MP Sidhu will be back soon
On Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu's "long absence" from his constituency, Sharma said that he would be "back very soon". Sidhu had some commitments and once these were fulfilled, he would be in the city, he assured. "Sidhu is 'desh da gaurav' (pride of the country) and has excelled whereever he has gone. He excelled in the cricket field and has made a positive impact in politics," the Punjab BJP president added.
Sharma said that the national leadership of the BJP were aware of Sidhu's long absence and the MP had even contacted senior party leaders in this regard.