Dr Navjot Kaur questions BJP’s silence on ‘mafia raj’ in Punjab
A day after resigning from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Amritsar East MLA and cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu Navjot’s wife Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu on Sunday questioned the party’s silence on “mafia raj” in Punjab.punjab Updated: Oct 10, 2016 09:20 IST
A day after resigning from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Amritsar East MLA and cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu Navjot’s wife Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu on Sunday questioned the party’s silence on “mafia raj” in Punjab.
Talking to the media, Dr Sidhu said no person with selfrespect could be part of the Akali Dal-BJP alliance. “You cannot expect justice where corruption flourishes,” she said.
“The BJP leadership should have told us to keep mum on whatever wrong was happening before joining the alliance. We were supposed to ignore and support the mafia,” Dr Sidhu said.
“I did not join the party to support the mafia... I came in politics to eradicate the menace, but the irony was that my complaints were ignored. What is the point of being in politics if you cannot raise your voice against the wrong?” she said.
“You can be part of mafia if you want to make illegal money and no one will punish you. But if you want to work honestly, no one will be by your side,” she alleged without taking names of leaders patronising the “mafia raj”.
Elaborating reasons for quitting the BJP, Dr Sidhu said she and her supporters were subjected to injustice by the ruling alliance and not even the BJP leadership came forward to address the problems. “When I demanded money for my area, funds were not released. I was told such things happen in politics. I also approached BJP leaders for funds to which they told me to keep shut. I was told not to speak against the alliance,” she said.
Dr Sidhu, who had been at loggerheads with the Parkash Singh Badal-led government over development projects in her constituency, said BJP workers were being harassed at the behest of the Akali Dal. “Whenever I approached the government for funds, I was humiliated. Even local bodies minister Anil Joshi was not ready to help,” she alleged.
Replying to a question, Dr Sidhu claimed that her husband and former Amritsar MP was ousted from Punjab politics by the BJP at the behest of the Akali Dal. She said deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, ministers Bikram Singh Majithia and Anil Joshi and then BJP state chief Kamal Sharma hatched a conspiracy against her husband and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley was asked to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Amritsar.
Claiming that the BJP was a divided house in Punjab, Dr Sidhu said the party has to toe the Akali Dal line. “In fact, BJP leaders have mortgaged the party to the Akalis,” she alleged.
On reasons of delaying the resignation from the BJP, Dr Sidhu said: “I did not resign earlier to avoid byelection in the constituency. Funds were approved for the constituency and I did not want the development works to suffer,” Dr Kaur said, adding that she would not resign from the assembly and continue to carry out development works in the constituency.
On her future plans, Dr Sidhu said she was keeping her options open. She said the Aam Aadmi Party approached her six months ago. “I may even go in for social work,” she added.