New Delhi: Stepping into the growing controversy about Navjot Singh Sidhu being upset with the party and not contesting next Lok Sabha elections from his constituency Amritsar, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh has reportedly spoken to Sidhu and has asked the party's National General Secretary JP Nadda to mediate. Sources said the party was confident of sorting out the matter.
Earlier, sources said the BJP may field senior leader Arun Jaitley from Amritsar as the party was upset with Sidhu's wife for making the party's internal issues public. Navjot Kaur Sidhu has said that her husband will not contest the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Amritsar. Sidhu, a former cricketer, has been elected as an MP thrice from Amritsar.
But Sidhu's wife has claimed the cricket commentator is upset over the BJP sidelining him and ignoring his team. She said Sidhu and his local team have done stellar work in the constituency, but the party has not given him much credit. "My husband will not contest parliamentary elections from Amritsar and a decision in this context was taken long back as the BJP ignored and sidelined him and his local team, which have been working in the constituency for more than a decade now," Kaur, who is also Punjab Chief Parliamentary Secretary, said.
Kaur had, earlier, stirred up a controversy within the BJP's state unit by commenting on the social networking site that her husband felt "sidelined and ignored" in the party. Kaur, BJP MLA from Amritsar (East), said "Yesterday, I was with him (Sidhu) at Delhi and told him about what I had posted on my social networking site account which was open to general public. On hearing this, he said that he didn't like politics anymore as he was not getting due respect from his own party leaders. My husband told me that now he didn't want to indulge his mind in politics."
"What I have posted on Facebook was not from my mind but from the core of my heart and there is no politics or hypocrisy involved in it," she had further said. Kaur's comments assume significance as they pose a question over Sidhu's continuation in politics. "Can anybody tell me, how one can let a honest leader survive, one who does not believe in corruption, does not support criminals, does not become party to commission system, what good can he do to the party? So, finally you pair up to push him aside; make him feel suffocated in the system despite three election wins, just because of his honesty and down to earth attitude," she had said.
"I and my husband have strong grudge against party leadership, which did not allow him to make his team for the coming Lok Sabha polls. Without team how elections could be contested and I fail to understand what the BJP did with us," Kaur had added. She had also slammed the BJP saying, "The party high command not permit Sidhu run the show in Amritsar because of his honesty."
She had further said that everybody knows that Sidhu left TV show 'Bigg Boss' to campaign for the party in the Gujarat Assembly polls. Asked about her own future, she had said that she would follow whatever Sidhu tells her to do. "I am committed to my people of my constituency who voted for me. I would serve them day and night and my husband also suggested to remain loyal for the people who trusted me a lot," Kaur had said.
(With additional information from PTI)