“I quit Rajya Sabha because I was told to stay away from Punjab,” says Navjot Singh Sidhu


NEW DELHI: Indian Cricketer and Former Member of Parliament Navjot Singh Sidhu claimed that he quit Rajya Sabha on July 18 as he was asked to stay far away from Punjab.

"How can I leave the people who voted me in four times," Sidhu said.

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Earlier, it was said that Navjot Singh Sidhu is planning to leave BJP and will join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ahead of the assembly elections in Punjab early next year.

Sidhu never said that why he resigned from the party. But, his wife Navjot Kaur claimed that Sidhu's quitting the Rajya Sabha meant he was quitting the BJP.

On the day of his resignation, Sidhu said, “He was miffed with the state of affairs in the BJP. However, his wife Navjot Kaur, who's a BJP member, said that Sidhu's quitting the Rajya Sabha meant he was quitting the BJP.”

"It is understood that if he has quit the Rajya Sabha, he has quit BJP. There is no question of his going back, he has never gone back on his words. He wants to serve Punjab. And he will serve the state."

"At the behest of the honourable PM, I had accepted the Rajya Sabha nomination for the welfare of Punjab.With the closure of every window leading to Punjab the purpose stands defeated. It is now a mere burden. I prefer not to carry it," he said.

The 52-year-old politician alleged, "In the war of right or wrong, you can't afford to be neutral rather than being self-centered and that Punjab's interest is paramount".

Between 2004 and 2014, Sidhu represented Amritsar in the Lok Sabha elections.

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"I think he (Sidhu) has very clearly suggested what he is going to do and in the coming days let him come out with this (his future plans). He has said that he wants to serve Punjab and there is no choice except serving from Aam Aadmi Party," Kaur said earlier this month.