BJP Chief Parliamentary Secretary (CPS) Navjot Kaur Sidhu ended her 30-hour long hunger strike against the SAD-BJP state government on Sunday evening after cabinet minister Anil Joshi assured to meet her demand of Rs 10 crore grant for her constituency — Amritsar (East).
Sidhu’s protest is seen as proof of the differences within the ruling alliance. Even Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal did not sympathise with Sidhu during the protest.
The strike, which began on Independence Day, came to a dramatic end after minister Anil Joshi came to her protest at Bhandari Bridge.
“I assured Rs 5 crore grant to start development work in her constituency in the first phase. But she was insistent in getting the full grant. So, as a brother, I assured that Rs 10 crore tenders for development work in her constituency will be floated very soon,” said Joshi.
Joshi maintained that neither the BJP nor the government sent him to end Sidhu’s hunger strike. He claimed to have come on his own volition.
“BJP does not support Navjot Kaur Sidhu’s hunger strike. I am not in the state. I could not speak to her on the issue after she started hunger strike,” said Tarun Chug, BJP All India Secretary.
Sidhu, however, did not mince any words with the Punjab CM.
“Punjab CM calls me his daughter. But he never delivered on his responsibility as father. I am happy that Anil Joshi understands his responsibilities as brother,” said Sidhu after ending her hunger strike.
Navjot Kaur had been alleging that CM Badal has been discriminating against her constituency by not allocating funds. She decided to go on hunger strike after repeated meetings with the CM bore no fruit.