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Wife bats for Sidhu again

With issues to settle with the state government and party leadership, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Navjot Singh Sidhu is "aloof from state politics these days". The leader's wife, chief parliamentary secretary (health and family welfare) Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, shared this with HT on the sidelines of her visit on Friday to flood-affected villages on the Pakistan border here.

punjab Updated: Aug 23, 2013 23:54 IST
Gaurav Sagar Bhaskar

With issues to settle with the state government and party leadership, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Navjot Singh Sidhu is "aloof from state politics these days".

The leader's wife, chief parliamentary secretary (health and family welfare) Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, shared this with HT on the sidelines of her visit on Friday to flood-affected villages on the Pakistan border here. "Party's senior leaders have no major problem with my husband and in the assembly election campaign in New Delhi recently, he would work for five days a week, but there are pending issues," she said.

Sidhu's differences with the state government over some development plan for Amritsar were now an old issue, said Dr Navjot Kaur, trying to downplay the matter. She chose not to speak against the state government or her party but sought Rs 10 crore for her constituency from the grant that was approved but not given. "I don't indulge in anti-party activities. Rather, I do the government's work of helping the common man by highlighting his plight," she said.

"We are true soldiers of the party, who are also accountable to the people of our constituencies, who yearn for not mega projects but small basic facilities such as sewerage, potable water, and roads," said the CPS. 'To suggest better ways of helping out poor people is not anti-party," she added. Some people were at work to stall advance expenditure to prevent floods, said former CPS (revenue) Sukhpal Singh Nannu, who was with Dr Navjot Kaur. "They wait every year for floods to embezzle the relief fund," he said.

In the assembly session, Dr Navjot Kaur would raise the issue of the introduction of the veterinary pharmacist course in keeping with the rural people's demand. She reviewed the distribution of medical supplies and veterinary aids to flood-affected people. "Under a pilot project in Amritsar, we made 1,800 addicts quit drugs and submitted the report to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and the director general of police DGP to implement as model," said the CPS. "We await action on the report," she added.


No comment from state BJP chief

Jalandhar: State BJP president Kamal Sharma on Friday declined to comment on the outburst from chief parliamentary secretary and party legislator Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu about the functioning of the state government and the state party leadership. Sharma was here to address executive members of the BJP's Jalandhar (north) rural unit at Puranpur village, and state party general secretary Rakesh Rathore and state unit vice-president Vijay Sampla were with him. Asked if the utterances of the Amritsar East legislator would be considered indiscipline, Sharma replied: "No comment."