Tending to put a brake on the war of words triggered in the wake of Facebook comments of the wife of the party's Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, Punjab BJP chief Kamal Sharma tried to strike a conciliatory note on Monday by maintaining that he still felt that the former cricketer was "the best party candidate for Amritsar."
During his private visit to the holy city, Sharma said, "Although the decisions on party ticket are taken by the BJP high command, I feel that he is the best candidate from Amritsar since he has won thrice from this constituency."
He also denied a comment attributed to him a few days back that "Sidhu was frustrated as he could not get the general secretary's post" in the national BJP apparatus announced recently. "I was misquoted," claimed the state BJP chief.
A controversy had erupted within the BJP after the MP's wife and BJP MLA Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu mentioned that her husband was "suffocated" by the system and was also sidelined by the party.
As for the charge that a certain group within the district BJP which was constantly opposed to Sidhu, Sharma said, "As the state party president, I feel that things should be better. But we have our general secretary and other people here who have been told to resolve issues."
BJP national president Rajnath Singh had already contacted the former cricketer and definitely issues were likely to be discussed in detail, he added.
Sharma, who was on his maiden visit to the city ever since the controversy arose, said, "I have talked to Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu and will meet her on the issue in the next few days."
Dr Sidhu had mentioned in her Facebook post that Sidhu was paying for his honesty and had moved to TV world where he was respected. She had even announced that Navjot Singh Sidhu would not contest the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Amritsar.