Rajya Sabha BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday decided to resign from the Upper House.
He was recently appointed as Rajya Sabha MP by the BJP. The decision was widely termed as the saffron party’s attempts to placate an angry leader in Punjab.
His statement that ‘in the war of right or wrong, you can’t afford to be neutral’ assumes significance about his feelings for the BJP.
Sidhu had later reportedly described his Rajya Sabha post as “burden” suggesting resentment with his party.
“With the closure of every window leading to Punjab the purpose stands defeated, now a mere burden. I prefer not to carry it,” he was quoted by NDTV.
According to reports, Sidhu had fallen out with the party leadership spectacularly during the Lok Sabha elections after Arun Jaitley replaced him to contest from Amritsar constituency.
A visibly unhappy Sidhu didn’t campaign for the Jaitley, now the union finance minister. Jaitley also went on to lose the election despite there being a Modi wave.
So, when Sidhu was made a Rajya Sabha MP, it was widely believed that the party had managed to pacify its angry leader, who could well be projected as its face in the next year’s crucial assembly elections.
But his election as a Rajya Sabha MP had not impressed Sidhu or his wife Navjot Kaur, who had gone public expressing her unhappiness over the decision, stating that it did not make sense for him to be in Delhi while he was required to be in Punjab serving his constituents.
Sidhu, also a very popular television personality because of association with Kapil Sharma Show, had reportedly made up his mind to quit the BJP in favour of Aam Aadmi Party.
Sources say that he is most likely to join the AAP amidst reports of the party being able to gain some stronghold in parts of Punjab.
Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur, a Parliamentary Secretary in the Punjab SAD-BJP govt, may also follow her husband by quitting the BJP.