With Navjot Sidhu’s entry into Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) coming under a shadow of doubt on one hand and his wife Navjot Kaur taking part in BJPs ‘Tiranga Yatra’ wholeheartedly on the other, the state unit of BJP has been left trying to decipher the contradictory signals emanating from the Sidhu couple.
While certain senior party officials maintain that there is no chance of Sidhu making a return to the BJP fold in case his attempts to join AAP come a cropper, there are others within the party who say that he has deliberately maintained an ambiguity about his status within BJP in order to facilitate his return if required. The state president of the party and Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Vijay Sampla, has on more than one occasion clarified that he has not received any resignation from the party from Navjot Sidhu and his only official resignation till now was from the Rajya Sabha where he was a nominated member.
“The doors are closed for Sidhu in BJP and if he is left with limited options after refusal of his terms by AAP then it is he who is to be blamed,” maintained a party functionary not willing to be named. He also informed that there were verbal instructions from the party high command that there should not be any public comments about Sidhu or his political moves till the time there is some finality of his actions. “There are unofficial orders about speaking out about Sidhu,” BJP leaders confirmed.
While the former Amritsar MPs attempts to join AAP were well known it is the actions of his wife, the MLA, which are puzzling the party in the state. While Navjot Kaur has been quite critical of her own party as well as the alliance with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), yet she has been very active within the party forums too and has been attending functions within her constituency on behalf of BJP too.
Navjot Kaur left the party functionaries in Amritsar surprised when she enthusiastically supported the ‘Tiranga Yatra’ of the party as part of the Independence Day functions of BJP. She had also been among the first leaders of the party to have arrived in Jalandhar to enquire about the well being of Brig Jagdish Gagneja, Deputy Chief of RSS in Punjab, after he had been shot and left seriously injured.
It is becoming difficult to decode the message that she is trying to send by being critical of the party on one hand and making statements that she would follow her husband in whichever political outfit he joins, and also trying to appear to be loyal to the party by carrying out her duties in official functions,” said a state BJP leader.
BJP leadership in the state ascribes the dichotomous moves of the Sidhu couple to a deliberate ploy to keep everyone guessing about their next move. “This will not work and will eventually prove detrimental to them. They cannot criticise the party and then try to appear one with it,” said a leader.