In a fresh trouble for the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) coalition in the state, BJP legislator from Amritsar Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu on Monday threatened to quit the party if it decides to contest the 2017 assembly elections in alliance with the Akalis.
Dr Sidhu, also a chief parliamentary secretary, said: "Despite the party being in power in Punjab, the BJP workers here are feeling suffocated. The Akali leaders humiliate the BJP workers and even their genuine works are not done."
"The ministries held by the BJP are being run by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal and cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia. I don't know why our ministers are not speaking. It's a reality that the Badal family is leading the government in Punjab and the BJP doesn't exist for them," said Dr Sidhu.
The BJP leader said she had already apprised the party high command that the SAD was not allowing the BJP leaders to work. "I have urged the party leadership to snap ties with the SAD. If the party continues alliance with the SAD in the 2017 polls, then the Sidhu family will quit the BJP," said Dr Sidhu, who is known for her outbursts against the Akalis.
The Amritsar MLA said she was ready to contest 2017 elections on a BJP ticket, but wont contest as a SAD-BJP alliance candidate. On joining any other political party, she said: "All options are open for the Sidhu family as we want to work for Punjab and not for our person gains."
Taking a dig at the Badal family, she said: "While the Sidhu family become poorer, some have made huge profits while remaining in the government. People are aware of it and would punish such leaders."
"The CM is doling out funds for the Parliamentary constituency of his daughter-in-law Harsimrat Kaur Badal, but is not giving a single penny to my constituency," she alleged.
On a question to her husband Navjot Singh Sidhu's absence from active politics, she said he was always available for the party and he had been assigned the work to address rallies during elections. "He is in touch with the party high command and undertakes all assignment given by the party top brass," she said.
Dr Sidhu was here to launch a campaign of the State Bank of Patiala officers' elections as many officials are co-workers of her husband, who is still a bank employee.