Navjot Singh Sidhu had not resigned from BJP as he negotiated terms with Kejriwal

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Former India cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu had not formally resigned from the BJP even after quitting the Rajya Sabha post as he held talks with Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Sidhu’s wife, Navjot Kaur on Wednesday revealed in Chandigarh that her husband today formally resigned from the saffron party.

Sidhu, who on 8 August broke his silence about his talks with Kejriwal, had accused the AAP convenor of wanting only yes men around him.

He had told media, “Kejriwal said I should not fight elections, asked me to let my wife contest promising to make her a minister. My wife asked me why Kejriwal was so insecure that he didn’t want a four-time MP to contest assembly election.

“Kejriwal sahab thinks he’s the only honest person in the world. It is as if he has a copyright on honesty. Kejriwal just wanted a yes man.”

He had also accused the BJP of converting him into a showpiece.

The four-time MP from Punjab also revealed for the first time what had transpired between him and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.

As reported by last month, Sidhu confirmed that Kejriwal had indeed told him not to contest elections.

He accused Kejriwal of encouraging sycophancy because he only liked ‘yes man.’

Sidhu had launched a new front, called Awaaz-e-Punjab with ex-hockey player Pargat Singh and Bains brothers.

Sources had said after his talks with AAP “failed”, Sidhu decided to float the outfit along with some like-minded people and held a meeting with suspended Akali legislator from Jalandhar, Pargat Singh, and Bains brothers of Ludhiana – Simarjeet Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains, both of whom won as independent legislators.

The AAP, which has made it a triangular contest in Punjab by giving a tough fight to ruling Akali-BJP combine and Congress, was taken aback by the development as there were talks of Sidhu joining the party after deserting the BJP.

Sidhu had in mid-August met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at his residence and discussed with him his plans of joining the AAP. Kejriwal on August 19 said the cricketer- turned-politician just needs “time to think” and that Sidhu “has not put any pre-condition”, a reference to speculation that Sidhu wanted to be the chief ministerial face of AAP.

Kejriwal had said his respect for Sidhu will continue irrespective of whether “he joins (AAP) or not”.


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