BJP MP from Amritsar,Navjot Singh Sidhu,will not contest the 2014 Lok Sabha elections as he has been ‘sidelined’ by his party,his wife and BJP Chief Parliamentary Secretary Navjot Kaur Sidhu said on Wednesday.
Everyday,I hear talks and read in local media that Sidhu has run away from Amritsar. It is being said that he is ignoring the constituency for TV shows and other assignments. That is not the truth. It is the other way round. After being sidelined by party,he has chosen to devote time to TV shows and other assignments. As things stand today,he will not contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, the doctor-turned-politician told The Indian Express.
Kaur alleged that Sidhu,a three-time MP,was not in loop while selecting party leaders for state and even Amritsar district bodies. He has already made up his mind not to contest the polls after being ignored. That is why he is working on other assignments, she said,adding that while Sidhu worked tirelessly for Amritsar,both Union and state government scuttled the projects pushed by him.
While taking up projects you lose out on money and everything,including giving time to the family. And then the party does not recognise your efforts, Kaur said.
On her Facebook page on Sunday,she had written in length expressing anguish over Sidhu not being in the loop to run the show (of party) even in Amritsar,not to talk about the whole of Punjab. Among the things she wrote on her page,were evil wins over; still kaliyug; Amritsar loses a real leader,who struggled to make the divine city beautiful. I salute him because truth always wins.
In one of her posts,she had asked whether Sidhu had been ignored because he will not promote corrupt leaders and those who join the Opposition leaders to defeat their own men,will not be a party to engulf peoples properties,will not ring up police officials to support criminals?
When contacted,Punjab BJP chief Kamal Sharma denied that Sidhu had been sidelined. We always kept Sidhu in loop and whenever there was a meeting,we sent him invitations. But due to his occupational responsibilities,he was not available for the meetings. The party considers him a senior leader and his suggestions are always welcome, Sharma said.
I do not know whether he would contest or not,but he is a respected and senior leader of and the party will support him whole-heartedly, he added. Despite repeated attempts,Sidhu was not available for comment.