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Sidhu's 'silence' becomes eloquent; fight continues

punjab Updated: Sep 25, 2013 09:41 IST
Aseem Bassi

Saying that BJP chief Rajnath Singh was an institution and he would obey him and remain silent for some time, Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday added that he would not sacrifice his duty, which was the development of the holy city.

"The development of the city and raising voice for it is my duty and being a humble servant I will never give up my duty. Besides, the development of Amritsar is not the internal matter of the BJP," he added.

Sidhu, who claimed to have raised the issues faced by him during the BJP meeting in Chandigarh on Monday, said, "I have asked BJP state chief Kamal Sharma to ensure that the pending projects are completed in a time-bound manner and the accountability is fixed."

A couple of senior leaders of the state BJP reportedly met chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday morning and talked to him about the issues raised by Sidhu. This had happened after directions from Rajnath Singh.

After the meeting, the Punjab BJP chief and Sidhu met and Sidhu was told that work on his projects would commence soon.

However, Sidhu claimed that he had told the state BJP chief that his projects must be completed in a particular timeframe, as they were hanging fire since long.

The Amritsar MP, who had targeted the Punjab government for "ignoring" him and "scuttling" projects in his constituency, said, "There is no personal agenda. Election is not an agenda. I have told everything to Rajnath Singh and now also my only issue is the development of the city."

On a question why Rajnath did not take him along when he went to meet the chief minister on Monday evening, Sidhu said, "Only the party can answer that. I was there but didn't go as I was asked to stay back. I will go whenever the CM calls me."

Meanwhile, Sidhu, who has been asked by the party high command to remain silent in the interest of the alliance, indicated that he might remain silent for the next few days as ordered by the party chief, but if then also his demands were not met he would continue his fight by remaining silent and was likely to go on fast unto death.

"I will fight by remaining silent because my party chief has asked me to. Amritsar is a bigger cause and I represent 15 lakh people," he added.

The MP who returned to the constituency after almost a year on September 4 had addressed a press conference wherein he claimed that he was ignored, his projects were scuttled and he felt like an MP of the opposition.

Later, the top brass of the BJP also got involved. First, Sidhu was summoned by Punjab party affairs in-charge Shanta Kumar and later the BJP national chief called Sidhu to discuss the issue. This was done because the chief minister had expressed displeasure over Sidhu's outburst.