A day after Navjot Singh Sidhu panned the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) but stayed mum on reports of joining the Aam Aadmi party (AAP), the former MP’s wife, Amritsar-East MLA Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, said he will “clear the air in the next 10 days”.
She also repeated that “leaving the Rajya Sabha seat means leaving the BJP; he will not go back to the BJP”. Asked which party Sidhu will join, she said, “Let him say that.”
Dr Sidhu was back in her constituency after meeting her husband in Delhi. She stressed that Sidhu was sidelined by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the BJP. “This was the only reason that he was unhappy and criticised the BJP on Monday,” she said.
“I know that people want to know; and lots of speculations are done. But let’s wait for Sidhu himself to announce his future course. He will do it in the next 10 days,” she added.
Asked about her earlier statement that she will follow Sidhu wherever he goes, she repeated the stand and said, “Let him announce... then only I will do something.”
To a question why Sidhu accepted the Rajya Sabha nomination if he wanted to work in Punjab, Dr Sidhu said, “In the very first interview after the nomination, Sidhu had said that through Rajya Sabha he will work for Punjab. But if it took him away from Punjab, he will opt not going to the Rajya Sabha. That’s what happened when he was asked to stay away from Punjab — he opted to leave it.”
She took a dig at the SAD saying, “Akalis are saying so much about the AAP and him (Sidhu), that I will like to ask if the Akalis in constant touch with the AAP.”
Dr Sidhu’s score for SAD-BJP govt: 3 out of 10
Dr Navjot Sidhu, chief parliamentary secretary in the SAD-BJP government, said the people of Punjab are unhappy with the government “because of its poor policies”.
Giving three on a scale of 10 to the SAD-BJP performance, she lauded the ‘mohalla clinics’ being run by the AAP government in Delhi. “Definitely, I like the concept by the AAP in Delhi, and our government failed to take such initiatives. Even basic infrastructure is missing at many places in Punjab.”