Pressure to stay silent on SAD: Navjot Kaur

Navjot Kaur declined to comment on whether she suspected that Gagneja’s opposition to the alliance was the reason behind the attack.

By: Express News Service | Amritsar | Updated: October 10, 2016 6:46 pm
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A day after resigning from the BJP, Navjot Kaur Sidhu said she had been under pressure not to speak against the Akali Dal and that RSS leader late Brig Jagdish Gagneja was not in favour of the alliance.

“I had the support of Gagneja to pursue the case with the central leadership against the BJP’s alliance with SAD in the state. He kept saying to me that he would force the top leadership of the BJP to snap ties with SAD. It was his stand till the time I met him last, which was before the attack,” said Navjot Kaur.

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Gagneja died last month after being shot at by two motorcycle-borne assailants in Jalandhar.

Navjot Kaur declined to comment on whether she suspected that Gagneja’s opposition to the alliance was the reason behind the attack. “I am no investigating agency to comment on it,” she said.

“As soon as I started speaking against SAD’s wrongdoings, there was pressure on me to remain silent. There was no one in the BJP to listen to complaints against SAD,” said Navjot Kaur. “Kamal Sharma (former state BJP chief) was working for the Badals, and he demoralised party cadre and leaders who opposed corruption in SAD.”

Navjot Kaur, however, did not target the central leadership. “I have always said that I respect Prime Minister Narendra Modi and maybe he was the only reason I stayed that long with the BJP,” she said.

On her political future, she said she was considering all options with an open mind.

“Navjot Singh Sidhu met with senior leaders of the Congress because he was invited for the meeting. I am not aware of the agenda of the meeting,” she said.

RSS on BJP

Jalandhar: Some RSS leaders backed Navjot Kaur Sidhu’s claim. “RSS wanted BJP to take up the matter of poor law and order and drug menace forcefully with SAD. But not a single senior BJP leader discussed these issues with them. The Akalis never treated the BJP as an equal partner,” said a senior RSS leader.

BJP on Sidhus

Ludhiana: Punjab BJP chief Vijay Sampla on Sunday said, “BJP accommodated and respected the Sidhus as much as it was possible for us. In fact, I think we even tolerated their indiscipline for too long, which wasn’t our obligation. Everyone knows that they never felt suffocated in BJP.”

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    Advocate Jaya
    Oct 12, 2016 at 4:51 pm
    WHY, THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT OF "FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND EXPRESSION " IS THE ONLY PREROGATIVE OF BJP. LEADERS AND FOR NOT ANY OTHER CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY ??? THIS IS EXACTLY LIKE THE -"POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK "....EVERY CITIZEN OF THIS COUNTRY WHO KNOWS BJP. IN AND OUT ALSO KNOWS VERY WELL THAT BJP. DISLIKES PEOPLE THOROUGHLY WHO "POINT THEIR (BJP'S) MISTAKES -RIGHT -ON-THEIR-FACE "....BJP. ALWAYS LIKE THOSE WHO DO THEIR " JEE-HUJURI".... TAKE-IT-IN-WRITING ....
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      madan gupta
      Oct 10, 2016 at 3:02 am
      Honest cannot work badals. by supporting badals, bjp has ruined itself in punjab. next year both will go to jail who so ever wins.
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        Priyank
        Oct 9, 2016 at 8:21 pm
        Stay silent on husband's murder case? Good advice!
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          Avinash
          Oct 10, 2016 at 1:44 am
          Sidhus ought to stay low. We r witnessing a family who claims to be interested in fighting for Panjab and the Panjabis by aligning with Congress Party (?)------ the g daddy of corruption the country experienced during UPA rule. R the Sidhus saying that Pappu is suitable, qualified and sound in mind to be the Prime Minister of India.?
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