The efforts of Awaaz-e-Punjab leaders to make their presence felt in the ongoing Punjab Assembly session suffered a setback when the BJP MLA from Amritsar, Navjot Kaur Sidhu, did not join front leaders Simarjit Singh Bains, Balwinder Singh Bains and Pargat Singh in their protests against the SAD-BJP government. Later, she even distanced herself from the front.
During the protest in the House by Awaaz-e-Punjab members, Navjot Kaur kept sitting at her designated seat on the treasury benches. Later, while talking to journalists, she said: “I am not yet a member of the front and am still with the BJP and will resign at the right time when I see a political alternative.”
She went on to add that the decision to form the platform was that of her husband, Navjot Singh Sidhu, and whether she will join Awaaz-e-Punjab will be her own decision.
The Bains brothers, the two Independent MLAs from Ludhiana, were protesting against the Speaker’s decision not to allow their resolution over river water being distributed to Rajasthan since 1965 without collecting any revenue from it. They were joined by Pargat Singh, suspended Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA who submitted his resignation from the party today. He is a key member of the Awaaz-e-Punjab. Pargat Singh attended the Assembly and initially sat at his allotted seat in the Akali ranks but later moved towards the seats of Bains brothers and stood besides them as they raised slogans against the government. He also joined them in the well of the House where they squatted on the floor against the Speaker’s decision.
However, as the drama unfolded, Navjot Kaur Sidhu, did not budge from her seat. The Congress benches as well as the SAD MLAs were quick to notice her reluctance and were seen urging her to join the Bains brothers and Pargat Singh.
Congress MLA from Gidderbaha Amarinder Singh Raja Warring and Banga MLA Tarlochan Singh were also seen gesticulating towards Bains brothers asking them to get Navjot Kaur to join them.
Asked about the incident, Simarjit Singh Bains said she might have been sitting in BJP ranks as she had not yet resigned. Disregarding her statement on Awaaz-e-Punjab, Bains added, “She is very much with us and we were together outside the House as we came to attend it and there is no such problem.”
Meanwhile, Health Minister and senior BJP leader Surjit Kumar Jyani said Navjot Kaur Sidhu was very much a part of the BJP.