Navjot Singh Sidhu said that he had resigned as BJP MP because he had been asked to “Not even look at Punjab”where elections are due next year.
Sidhu managed to ignore the questions on whether he will join Aam Aadmi Party or not.
“I was asked to stay away from Punjab. How can I quit my roots? The first time can be a mistake. But this is the fourth time it is happening…it was hard to take in,” Mr Sidhu, 52, told reporters in Delhi, eyes flashing with indignation.
He added that No party in this world is larger than Punjab. He is ready to accept the consequences.
“When the going gets tough, it is Sidhu Sidhu…but now they say don’t look at Punjab….Have I done anything wrong? At least tell me my crime? Should I stay away to serve the personal interests of some people?” said the cricketer-turned-politician known for his garrulous commentary, not just on cricket.
He further added that in Amritsar, he contested and won in the 2004 national election at 14 days’ notice. He received a phone call from Atal Bihari Vajpayee former, prime minister.
“There was a time when I was their only winner in north India. Then the Modi wave came…it sank not just the opposition but Sidhu as well.” said Sidhu
Sidhu’s sudden resignation had created various speculation about his joining AAP. The party has seen good popularity in Punjab ahead of the elections.
Kejriwal revealed nothing as he tweeted: “Sidhu would have spoken against drugs if he went to Punjab. Who was BJP trying to protect? Shocking.”
Sidhu was nominated to the Rajya Sabha. It was seen as a move of adjustment. As Sidhu was asked to give way for Arun Jaitley in Amritsar for the 2014 national election.
As per the sources, BJP had denied and said that Sidhu had been asked to stay away from Punjab. They added that Sidhu’s name was added for Punjab’s core group by the central leadership because the party wanted him to join the campaign actively.