Double blow for BJP in Punjab? After Navjot Singh Sidhu, speculations rife on wife's resignation
After the resignation of Navjot Singh Sidhu from the Rajya Sabha on Monday, speculations are rife on his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu's resignation also as a Chief Parliamentary Secretary in Punjab.
Chandigarh: A day after the resignation of cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu from the Rajya Sabha, speculations are rife on his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu's resignation also as a Chief Parliamentary Secretary in Punjab.
Sources close to her said her resignation is "imminent", though there has been no official word on her resignation from the government.
The confusion was compounded by Punjab Deputy Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal's statement on her resignation.
"The resignations tendered by BJP Rajya Sabha MP Navjot Singh Sidhu and Chief Parliamentary Secretary Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu will have no impact on the SAD-BJP alliance," Badal said.
He dismissed reports about the Sidhus joining Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as of no consequence to the SAD-BJP alliance, which has been in power in Punjab since 2007.
Navjot Kaur Sidhu had left for New Delhi on Monday afternoon to join her husband. Her mobile phone is unreachable since then.
On the other hand, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said he had no information on the resignation of Navjot Kaur Sidhu, a Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Amritsar-East seat.
Despite being a part of the government as a CPS, she has been critical of the Badal government.
The Sidhu couple has been at loggerheads with the Badals for the past few years.
Elections to the 117-member Punjab assembly are slated for February next year.