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Sidhu has crossed point of no return, AAP best option: Wife

Chief parliamentary secretary Navjot Kaur Sidhu has broken her silence over husband Navjot Singh Sidhu’s resignation

punjab Updated: Jul 19, 2016 18:26 IST
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Navjot Kaur Sidhu triggered a buzz earlier this year by advocating a split with the SAD ahead of the election. (HT File Photo)

Clearing air on her husband Navjot Singh Sidhu’s resignation from the Rajya Sabha, Punjab chief parliamentary secretary Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu said he had left the BJP and there was no chance of returning.

Addressing the media here on Tuesday, she said her husband will now play political innings in Punjab and doning the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) jersey was the ‘best option’.

She, however, maintained that she was still in the BJP and had not quit the party or the post of chief parliamentary secretary.

She also praised AAP’s manifesto and the working style of its convener Arvind Kejriwal.

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“Navjot has taken his decision. His option is very clear. He is very clear on serving in Punjab. You can well understand what option he has to achieve that,” she said.

On when he will join the AAP and whether or not he will be the CM face of the party, Dr Sidhu said, “I don’t know what is going to happen next. Let Navjot announce himself. He will do that at an appropriate time. I am personally impressed by AAP’s ideology and Arvind Kejriwal’s working style,” she said.

She said her husband was always eager to play a role in the active politics of Punjab and when the BJP closed all doors for him do so, he quit.

“I feel he has done the right thing. Option is clear as people have seen the SAD-BJP combine as well as the Congress,” she said.

On her plans, she said, “Let Navjot announce his decision first. Whenever he will require my help, I will have to go.” She also appreciated the tweet of Kejriwal wherein he had saluted Navjot Singh Sidhu for his courage to relinquish the Rajya Sabha berth.

She also visited parts of her Amritsar (East) assembly constituency and took stock of the development works.

‘BJP chose to please SAD’

Hitting out at the BJP and its alliance partner Shiromani Akali Dal, Dr Sidhu said they (the couple) were very clear on not working with Akalis, but the BJP brass preferred to continue with the alliance.

She targeted chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and termed him the ‘biggest opportunist’. On deputy CM Sukhbir Badal’s attack on her husband, she said, “We are not bothered what he says.”

She accused the Akali Dal of scuttling the projects envisaged by her husband when he was a Lok Sabha MP from Amritsar.

She also criticised the SAD-BJP government’s performance, saying it failed to give even the basic amenities to the people.

Taking a jibe at Sukhbir Badal’s ‘amphibious buses project’, Dr Sidhu said the government was dreaming of plying buses in water when it couldn’t run them properly on the road.

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