Sidhu meets BJP top brass, says will contest only from Amritsar
With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) set to hold its parliamentary board meeting (March 8-11) to discuss the allotment of tickets for the Lok Sabha polls, Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday met the BJP top brass in New Delhi and made it clear that he would contest only from his constituency.
It is learnt that during the meeting, Sidhu was given the option of contesting from some other constituency, but he remained firm on his stand.
Talking to HT, the three-time MP said, “I have met all leaders who mattered as they had called me. I have made it very clear that I will contest only from Amritsar because I am committed to people of the holy city.”
Sidhu, at loggerheads with the ruling Badals ever since he accused the Akali-BJP government of ignoring his pet projects, said, “I have told the party that no allurement of any sort or any promise can influence me. Now it is up to the party to decide.”
It is learnt that Sidhu’s tussle with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) was also discussed during the meeting and the MP told the BJP top brass that if the ruling alliance or Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal did not want him to contest, “they should say so openly.”
Sidhu told the party leaders that if Badal did not want him to contest, he had no objection, but he would not go to any other constituency but just campaign in Punjab or whatever duty the party assigned to him.
Replying to a question, Sidhu said, “If the party denies me the ticket, I will not leave Amritsar but continue to raise issues for this constituency. People of this city trust me and I cannot break their trust for personal interests.”