Chandigarh: Finally, the BJP MLA from Amritsar Navjot Kaur Sidhu on Saturday formally resigned from the primary membership of the party. Union minister Vijay Sampla, who is also Punjab BJP president, was quick to accept her resignation. Earlier, on April 1 this year, she had posted her resignation on her facebook page, which had later turned out to be a prank, with some of her supporters claiming that she had decided to resign but was forced to revoke her decision under pressure.
“There was no need to ask her the reason for taking the step. So, discharging my duties, I have accepted it without any delay,” said Sampla, speaking over phone. Questioned further, Sampla also claimed that he was competent to take the decision on such matter so he didn’t consult it with the high command in Delhi. Punjab BJP chief also mentioned that the development would hardly have any impact on the party.
Earlier in the day, she sent her one-line resignation to the party president at the party headquarters here. “I hereby resign from the primary membership of the party,” reads the resignation letter, a copy of which is with Daily Post.It is learnt that the letter was delivered at the Punjab BJP headquarters here in the evening through one of her aides. The development came less than a month after her husband Navjot Singh Sidhu quit the party and floated his forum Awaz-e-Punjab, with the support of two Ludhiana MLAs Bains brothers and one former SAD legislator Pargat Singh. It is pertinent to mention that she has not yet resigned as a legislator. Sources close to Navjot said that she would address a press conference in Amritsar most likely on Sunday to cite the reasons of her resignation.
Kaur, also a former Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Health, had been at loggerheads with the SAD-BJP led government in the state over the development projects in Amritsar. For long, she had been accusing the government of meting out ‘step-motherly treatment’ to her constituency-Amritsar-East-and had even observed a hunger strike in protest against alleged blockade of funds by the government last year.
Since Navjot turned vocal against the alliance, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal always addressed her as his daughter, with also mentioning that he had liberally allocated funds for development projects in her constituency. Kaur had announced that she won’t contest polls as long as BJP remains an ally of SAD. With the Awaz-e-Punjab not going to contest 2017 polls, Kaur is expected to go by the wish of her former parliamentarian husband Navjot Singh Sidhu, who has not yet decided his future political course.
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