Navjot Singh Sidhu's wife, Navjot Kaur Sidhu has quit the primary membership of the Congress party in Punjab. Prior to the Lok Sabha 2019 elections in May, Navjot Singh Kaur had expressed his displeasure over the ticket distribution.
This move comes after a public spat of her husband with Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, who has admonished Navjot Singh Sidhu on multiple occasions over his behaviour.
After lying low for weeks following a change in his portfolio in the Punjab cabinet, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu met his supporters in July, telling them he remains with the Congress. Sidhu met supporters, including local municipal councillors, at his home. "It was made clear at the meeting that he has resigned from the Punjab cabinet but certainly not from the party. He motivated everybody at the meeting to work hard for the party," Monika Sharma, who was among the municipal councillors there, said.
Navjot Singh Sidhu was earlier with the BJP and joined the Congress just ahead of the Punjab Assembly polls in 2017. His relations with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh were strained and he was stripped of his Local Government and Tourism portfolios in a reshuffle on June 6.
Captain Amarinder Singh addressing questions about Navjot Singh Sidhu’s absence from the Congress pre-election rally in Haryana where his name was on the list stated, “If he did not come, he did not come. Anyways, he does whatever he feels like.”
The statement made by the Punjab CM did not come as a surprise as barely a few months prior to this, when Sidhu tendered in his resignation, Captain Singh had reportedly stated there was nothing he could do as Sidhu did not want to do his job. He had stated then Sidhu should have accepted his new portfolio at the time, instead of shunning work in the middle of the crucial paddy season, the chief minister said, reiterating that Sidhu was given a job which he should have accepted and done. "If Sidhu doesn't want to do the job, there is nothing I can do about it," said Singh, questioning how a soldier can refuse a job assigned by the General. There has to be some discipline in the government if it is supposed to function effectively, the Chief Minister added. Navjot Sidhu had announced his resignation as Punjab Cabinet Minister, making public his June 10 resignation letter sent to Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
(With PTI inputs)