Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu’s decision to resign from the Rajya Sabha and his subsequent warcry against the BJP has not come as a surprise for many. He said that he quit because he was asked to stay away from Punjab but the leader on the other hand, launching a scathing attack on the saffron party, said: “How can I stay away from my motherland?”
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on the other hand, had said earlier that it was a very courageous decision for him to make and also added that speculations of Sidhu’s joining AAP were too premature.
It is important to understand that Sidhu has only resigned as the Rajya Sabha MP but has reportedly not quit BJP. With the latter still pinning their hopes on him, it would be interesting to watch how AAP plays its cards.
Sidhu, on the other hand, during his press conference in New Delhi on Monday, has not given any indication of joining the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and seems to be waiting for the latter’s big announcement to make him the Chief Ministerial candidate for the upcoming Punjab polls due next year.
Sidhu’s move was not a surprise for many, including the AAP. The way the debutant party reacted to the news made it very evident that there was no ambiguity regarding Sidhu’s deviation from the BJP. Ministers and party workers, including Kejriwal himself, began to shower congratulatory messages; and for people on the other side, Sidhu’s wife Navjyot’s comment that the AAP is the only alternative option for her husband made it all the more clear that the Punjab “puttar” is all set to join the party. Even the Delhi CM went on to say that “All good people should leave BJP.”
It is worth mentioning here that Kejriwal is the same person whom Sidhu had critiqued for his “nautanki” (drama) in the past.
Today, when asked about his future plans, Sidhu said: “Wherever Punjab’s interest is served, you will find me there.” Tearing apart the BJP in his trademark couplets, he went on to add: “No party is bigger than Punjab. I’m ready to face the consequences.”