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BJP terms Sidhu 'selfish'; AAP denies projecting him as Punjab's CM face

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:47 IST

A day after Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned from the Rajya Sabha, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) launched an attack on the former BJP MP.

While Sidhu has resigned from the Upper House, he is yet to tender his resignation from the BJP.

The BJP on 20 July said Sidhu's decision displays his "selfish mindset" which is against the party's principles.

"By constantly switching allegiance it shows your selfish mindset and at a time when we believe that party first, individual last and Nation first is something that we abide by," BJP leader Shaina NC told ANI.

On the other hand, while reports that claim Sidhu is likely to join AAP and become the party's chief ministerial face in Punjab are hitting the headlines, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that nothing has been decided yet. Though Sidhu has not joined AAP yet, the party said he would be actively campaigning for party candidates in the elections.

Sidhu's campaign may help AAP increase its tally as he has been attacking the incumbent Akali government openly.

Kejriwal has denied that the formed BJP MP will become the party's CM face in Punjab.

"There is nothing of this sort yet. Nothing has been decided," he said.

Following Sidhu's resignation, CM Kejriwal had tweeted, "People can give their right hand for an RS (Rajya Sabha) seat. Ever seen a sitting RS MP resigning to save his state? I salute Sidhu ji for his courage."

According to reports, Sidhu might join the AAP in Punjab. The former cricketer, who was thrice Lok Sabha member from the BJP, was asked to step away from contesting the polls in Amritsar during the 2014 general election to make way for fellow member Arun Jaitley.

Meanwhile, Sidhu's wife Navjot Kaur clarified that she still remains with the BJP.

-with ANI inputs

First published: 20 July 2016, 12:02 IST