A day after Navjot Kaur Sidhu quit the BJP, party’s Punjab chief and union minister Vijay Sampla on Sunday said that ‘the party in fact tolerated the indisciplined Sidhu couple for too long which wasn’t required’.
Reacting to Sidhu’s remark that she felt ‘suffocated’ in BJP and thus resigned, Sampla said, “BJP accommodated and respected Sidhu couple as much as it was possible for us. In fact, I think it got too stretched and we even tolerated their indiscipline for too long which wasn’t our obligation. Everyone today knows and will agree with the fact that they never felt suffocated in BJP. She (Navjot Kaur) continued speaking against the party even being a part of it. I do not think someone can show this level of patience which BJP showed.”
“She expressed her opinion freely always. She never minced her words or was asked to do so. So if this is suffocation, then we do not know what freedom is. I think we gave them all the due respect and even more than what they deserved. Rest it was their call to resign from the party,” said Sampla during a fuction to inaugurating the Patanjali mega store of Baba Ramdev in Ludhiana.
Asked about BJP trying to gain mileage and politicize surgical strikes conducted across LOC by the army, Sampla said “earlier people used to question that where is the 56 inch chest of PM Narendra Modi which he boasted of.”
“Today, we have given a befitting reply to the terrorism and every Indian is feeling proud of it. Today, I think the 56-inch chest of Modi is here for all to see. Army has got a shot in their arm and entire nation is standing behind them. People are seeing that promises made to them have been fulfilled and PM has revenged Uri attack as he vowed. The point is that both AAP and Congress are fluttering in jealousy because they have nothing else to say or do,” said Sampla.
“People like Arvind Kejriwal are trying their best to demotivate the army and people in border villages of Punjab. People need not give him any importance,” he said.
On being asked about BJP promoting Ramdev and his FMCG firm Patanjali, Sampla said that ‘as long as something is Swadeshi (made in India), he and party will promote it.’ “It is not about Ramdev. As long as a company gives boost to Made In India, we will not hesitate to promote it,” said Sampla.