Navjot Singh Sidhu and wife Navjot Kaur formally quit BJP ahead of 2017 Punjab polls

Former Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) MLA, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu's wife announced her resignation from the BJP, barely days after saying that she had no plans to leave the party.

In an interview with The Times of India earlier this month, Navjot Kaur, former chief Parliamentary Secretary (CPS) in the Punjab government, had said that despite her husband's resignation from the party, she would remain a member of BJP till further notice.

On Wednesday, Sidhu also formally resigned from the party membership, reported ANI. Sidhu had been vocal about leaving the party, ever since he resigned from the Rajya Saba on 18 July. According to The Statesman, he sent in his letter of resignation to party president Amit Shah.

Earlier this month Sidhu launched a new political outfit 'Awaaz-e-Punjab' ahead of upcoming Punjab Assembly Elections, saying that his fight was against the leaders who had ruined Punjab.

Kaur told reporters that she was unhappy with the work done by MLA's in Punjab. She said, "Administrators like IAS officers also run away when they get a phone call from the leaders. This is not democracy this is dictatorship."

She raised questions like, "Why is there a proper discussion on issues by MLAs? Why is there no discipline in Vishan Sabha?"

On Sunday, Congress lashed out on Navjot Singh Sidhu and said that it suspected the new outfit floated by him was a "BJP-sponsored programme" to divide anti-incumbency votes.

All India Congress Committee (AICC) Secretary Asha Kumari, who is in charge of party's affairs in Punjab had told PTI, "It looks like a BJP-sponsored programme. We have to wait and see how many BJP people board Sidhu's bandwagon."

Kumari suspected that the new front could have been floated to divide AAP votes in order to help the Akali Dal.

Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh had said, "Their status looks like that of a confused and undecided couple which is not sure whether it should marry or just carry on with the relationship to keep all the future options open."

Updated Date: Sep 14, 2016 12:46 PM

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