Navjot Singh Sidhu says Modi wave drowned not only the Opposition, but also him: Takeaways from his presser

By: | Updated: July 25, 2016 8:18 PM

Navjot Singh Sidhu today held a press conference to elaborate on his reasons for quitting his post of BJP Rajya Sabha MP.

navjot singh sidhu, navjot sidhu, sidhu resignation, sidhu press conference, navjot singh sidhu BJPSidhu has finally spoken on his reasons for resignation from Rajya Sabha, and we take a look at some major things he said in his press conference: (ANI Photo)

Navjot Singh Sidhu today held a press conference to elaborate on his reasons for quitting his post of BJP Rajya Sabha MP. “I have resigned from Rajya Sabha because I was asked to stay away from Punjab,” Sidhu said. The former cricketer-turned-politician, however did not say if he has quit BJP or not. Last week Sidhu’s surprise resignation from Rajya Sabha has sparked speculations in the political circles that the BJP leader may quit the party and join Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP. It was also being reported that AAP may project Sidhu as its CM candidate for the upcoming Punjab polls.

BJP on its part has said that the leader has not quit the party till now. Interestingly, reports also suggest that the likely induction of Navjot Singh Sidhu in AAP has not been met with positive feedback from the party’s workers in Punjab. According to an Indian Express report, an internal survey cum exercise undertaken by AAP in as many as 26 places in Punjab has yielded that party workers at the ground level are not impressed with Sidhu. The reservations from AAP workers come soon after AAP’s Punjab committee chief Kanwar Sandhu said that Sidhu would have to adapt himself according to party and its principles.

Sidhu has finally spoken on his reasons for resignation from Rajya Sabha, and we take a look at some major things he said in his press conference:

  • Jab Modi sahab ki lehar aayi to virodhi to doobe hi, Sidhu ko bhi dubo diya (The Modi wave not only sunk the Opposition, but also me). This is not the first time that I have been asked to stay away from Punjab. I fought for the BJP against all odds. I was told to fight election from Kurukshetra, then West Delhi. I said no, I wont betray my people. If this was the first time, I could have still tolerated, this is the 3rd or 4th time this has happened.
  • I quit Rajya Sabha because I was told to stay away from Punjab. I resigned because I was told you won’t look towards Punjab. How can Navjot Singh Sidhu leave his people? Even a bird comes back to its nest, how can Navjot Sidhu leave his home, his people? How can I not think of Punjab?
  • Duniya ki koi party Punjab se upar ya badi nahin hai (No party in this world is above Punjab for me). Navjot Singh Sidhu ko 100 baar apna parivar, apni party aur Punjab mein se chunna padega, toh 100 baar Punjab ko chununga (If I have to choose a hundred times between my family, party and Punjab, I will choose Punjab all the 100 times).
  • Whatever is in Punjab’s interest I will do that. Jahan Punjab ka hitt hoga, main wahan honga (You will find me whereever Punjab’s interest lie). I only want to serve Punjab and Amritsar.

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