Maintaining a stoic silence ever since his wife and Amritsar BJP MLA Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu alleged that he was being sidelined by the party and would not contest 2014 Lok Sabha polls,Navjot Singh Sidhu on Wednesday slammed Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh for turning down his requests to restart the Amritsar-Toronto via Birmingham flight and linking the city with a new India-Australia flight.
Sidhu,who is the MP from Amritsar and had been away from the city for months now,issued the statement following Ajit Singhs reply to him over the issue of the flights on March 30. However,despite repeated attempts,Sidhu was not available for comment.
The press statement by MPs office,which claimed him to be a firebrand BJP MP,stated that had Ajit Singh known the ABC of promoting tourism,he would have never said no to connecting these flights with Amritsar.
In July 2012,I had written a memo to the civil aviation minister requesting to re-start Amritsar-Toronto via Birmingham flight and linking the upcoming New Delhi-Sydney flight with Amritsar,but Ajit Singh has turned down my requests, Sidhu stated,adding that it was a gross injustice to not only with people of holy city,but the whole of Punjab.
The issue of flights was one of the initiatives Sidhus wife had claimed could not mature either due to the indifferent attitude of the Centre or the state. The statement comes close on the heels of visit of BJP leader Arun Jaitleys wife Sangeeta Jaitley visiting Amritsar a couple of days ago. Jaitley is reportedly among the prospective candidates from Amritsar for the 2014 polls.
The three-time BJP MPs winning margin coming down in the last elections and his strained relationship with SAD minister Bikram Singh Majithia and other leaders are being cited as reasons that may put Sidhu in a tight spot if he is made the BJP candidate from Amritsar in the 2014 polls.
With Kaur making it public that Sidhu was not taken into confidence while selecting district and state BJP units,BJP president Rajnath Singh reportedly held a discussion with Sidhu.