Ending weeks of speculation about his status in the BJP, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu Wednesday resigned from the primary membership of party. He submitted a handwritten resignation letter to BJP president Amit Shah in New Delhi, even as his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu announced his move on the sidelines of the Punjab Assembly session here. Later in the day, Sidhu also put up his letter of resignation on his Twitter handle along with another brief note, also handwritten.
The party in-charge for Punjab affairs, Prabhat Jha, also confirmed that Sidhu had submitted his resignation. Sidhu had resigned from his Rajya Sabha membership in July this year.
In his one-line letter of resignation, dated Sept 14, 2019, addressed to the party’s national president, Sidhu wrote, “I hereby resign from the primary membership of the Bharatiya Janata Party” followed by his signature. In another note released by him, he mentioned his long association with the party, adding the resignation was a painful decision. “My wife, children and party are not above Punjab. Punjab first…Punjab, Punjabiat and every Punjabi must win,” the note said.
When asked if Sidhu had spoken to her before resigning, Navjot Kaur said “He did not speak to me because he feels I may try to dissuade him. But I know he has resigned…” Efforts were made to speak to Sidhu, but he did not take phone calls nor did he revert to text messages.
Sidhu recently floated a political front, Awaaz-e-Punjab. Following his resignation from the BJP, he is now expected to convert it into a party. Former SAD MLA Pargat Singh along with Independent MLAs from Ludhiana, Balwinder Singh Bains and Simarjit Singh Bains, are the other members of Awaaz-e-Punjab.
However, Navjot Kaur Sidhu insists she has no plans to move out of BJP for the time being, even while she says her sympathies lie with Awaaz-e-Punjab. She said she will not contest next elections from the BJP if the party continued its alliance with the SAD.
Navjot Kaur said she will not resign from the party now as many development works are pending in her constituency. “My people do not want me to leave the party right now. I will take the decision at the right time,” she said.