In the aftermath of the resignation of Navjot Singh Sidhu from Rajya Sabha and reports of his imminent inclusion in Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Punjab unit of BJP has decided to adopt a wait and watch policy and refrain from making any adverse public comments on him.
Sources in Punjab BJP also say that while propriety would demand that Sidhu gives an official resignation before his departure from BJP and send it to state unit chief Vijay Sampla, yet they would not be surprised if he gives this procedure a go-by. “There are no hard and fast rules regarding this but one would expect that having been a three-time MP of the party he will make a formal declaration of leaving the party before he joins another political outfit,” said a senior leader.
Additionally, the party has also made up its mind that it will not make any personal attacks on either Navjot Singh Sidhu or his wife Navjot Kaur as of now, even though the latter has been scathing in her public criticism of the party for its continued alliance with Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
“We are on a wait and watch mode and if Sidhu joins AAP, as is being claimed by AAP leaders, then we will prefer to direct our attack on AAP and its policies rather than on Sidhu. We do not want to make him a hero or martyr in the eyes of the voters and our aim is to highlight the deficiencies of the political outfit that he would represent,” said a BJP leader.
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Certain BJP leaders, who have been close to Sidhu in the past, also believe he would not mount any vitriolic attack on BJP in the cut and thrust of the electoral battle of Punjab assembly elections. “Our appreciation of the manner of his functioning leads us to believe that Sidhu would be unsparing about the Badal clan and would not speak ill of BJP, no matter how grave the provocation. We intend to adopt the same posture and keep away from direct attacks on him,” a leader informed.
Meanwhile, in the absence of any formal word from Sidhu joining any political outfit, speculation are rife in the political domain about his next move. Despite assertions of his wife before the media in Amritsar Tuesday that AAP would be the natural choice for him, BJP leadership wants to hear it
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There are also reports that Sidhu’s announcement of departure from Rajya Sabha was a hasty one and he was pushed to advance his date of departure by AAP because of the adverse publicity that the party had got following the use of its election symbol, broom, on its manifesto.
“I feel there has been an attempt to change the narrative and divert the attention from the everyday bashing that AAP was getting in the media by name dropping Sidhu. In normal course, this announcement would have come a few months down the line and much closer to the assembly polls,” said a leader while sharing his