Navjot Kaur Sidhu resigned from the BJP on Saturday. With this move, she is also set to lose her membership in the Punjab assembly as MLA from Amritsar East, as per the anti-defamation law.
Navjot Kaur sent a one-line resignation to the BJP state president Vijay Sampla that read: “Sir, I hereby resign from the primary membership of BJP.” It was immediately accepted and the party issued a press note to this effect.
Earlier, her husband, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, had resigned from Rajya Sabha and later from the BJP. Although Navjot Kaur continued to remain in the party after this, speculations were rife that she too could quit soon.
The rift between the Sidhus and the SAD-BJP government had been souring for a while now. Navjot Kaur had once gone on a hunger strike alleging that the government was not sparing funds for the development of her constituency. She later warned her party that she would quit if it planned to remain in alliance with the SAD in the coming elections.
Despite their criticism of the state government, however, the couple avoided criticising the BJP-led Centre. In fact, Navjot Kaur had attended the ‘Tiranga Yatra’ of BJP in her constituency, organised a month after her husband resigned from the Rajya Sabha.
Navjot Kaur joined the BJP before the 2012 assembly elections and won her first election from Amritsar East. The party also made her a chief parliamentary secretary despite her being a relative novice in politics.
A doctor by qualification, she conducted a sting operation on government doctors who practiced privately. But health minister Madan Mohan Mittal objected to her doing such sting operations. Despite this, and her open criticism of the then Punjab party chief Kamal Sharma, the BJP did not take any action against her.