Monday, July 25, 2016
facebook

google plus
Sidhu slams BJP, says quit Rajya Sabha as he was told to stay away from PunjabBreaks his silence. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

Sidhu slams BJP, says quit Rajya Sabha as he was told to stay away from Punjab

25 Jul 2016 | 3:04 PM

NEW DELHI: Breaking his silence, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday said no party is bigger than Punjab and he quit his Rajya Sabha seat as he was told to stay away from the state.

[ + read story ]

Vibha Sharma

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 25

Breaking his silence, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday said no party is bigger than Punjab and he quit his Rajya Sabha seat as he was told to stay away from the state.

He was addressing a press conference here.

Though he remained non-committal over whether he was joining the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) or would be its chief ministerial face, Sidhu said he would do whatever is good for Punjab.

Recounting the number of times he stood by the BJP, Sidhu wanted to know his “fault” for being shifted out of the constituency he had won four times in a row. He said a true nationalist never abandoned his people, so how could he.

Launching an all-out attack on the BJP, he said no party is bigger than Punjab and how could he give up his roots. “I always wanted to serve Punjab and Amritsar,” he added.

(Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd)

Sidhu said, “How could I have left the state that returned me to the Lok Sabha four times? How could I have left Punjab for the sake of a Rajya Sabha seat?”

He said, “No party is above Punjab. This is not about profit or loss. I could not have abandoned the people of Punjab who voted for me. I stood by the party by contesting from Amritsar at a short notice of two weeks. When there was a Modi wave I was told that I could not fight from Amritsar and should shift to Kurukshetra or West Delhi. Now I am told I could not go to Punjab. Please tell me my fault.”

Sidhu said he would go the way where Punjab benefited, refusing to reveal whether he was joining the AAP. However, the colour of his turban--yellow--gave away the party he might join.

Meanwhile, BJP sources questioned as to why was Sidhu silent all this while if he was so unhappy over the decisions taken by the party. Taken by surprise by Sidhu’s outburst again, the party is expected to come up with an official response soon.

AAP’s national organisation head Durgesh Pathak insisted Sidhu would soon join the AAP and that the date would be announced soon.

Meanwhile, BJP leader Kirti Azad said like Sidhu was told to stay away from Punjab, he was told to stay away from Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) at the behest of the "same person".

Sidhu has not yet officially resigned from the BJP, which continues to ignore his outburst on Monday. BJP sources say the party is in no mood to pay any further attention to Sidhu. They claim that the source of his latest outburst seems to be AAP’s “obvious disinterest” in him.


 

Must Read

Don’t send kids to Pak schools, India tells diplomats

Don’t send kids to Pak schools, India tells diplomats

25 Jul 2016 | 6:47 PM

NEW DELHI: Amidst growing strain in Indo-Pak ties, India on Monday advised its diplomats and officials posted in its High Commission in Islamabad to make arrangements for education of their wards outside Pakistan from this academic session, virtually downgrading it as a “non-school-going station”.

Actor Salman Khan acquitted of poaching charges

Actor Salman Khan acquitted of poaching charges

25 Jul 2016 | 10:38 PM

JODHPUR: The Rajasthan High Court on Monday acquitted Bollywood actor Salman Khan of charges of having been involved in two separate poaching incidents in 1998.

Mann gets 3 days to respond to panel probing videography

Mann gets 3 days to respond to panel probing videography

25 Jul 2016 | 9:08 PM

NEW DELHI: A committee set up to probe the videography controversy of Bhagwant Mann on Monday gave the AAP MP time till July 28 to respond to the charge that his action had compromised security of the Parliament House complex even as it decided to seek the views of experts on the issue.

Missing AN 32 aircraft: Hopes of survivors recede

Missing AN 32 aircraft: Hopes of survivors recede

25 Jul 2016 | 9:45 PM

CHENNAI/NEW DELHI: Hopes of finding alive the 29 personnel on board the missing AN 32 aircraft in the Bay of Bengal receded on Monday as no survivor or debris have been located despite a massive search and rescue operation launched four days ago.

SC lets rape victim abort abnormal foetus

SC lets rape victim abort abnormal foetus

25 Jul 2016 | 5:51 PM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday let a pregnant rape victim go for abortion as the 24-week-old foetus had severe congenital defects in the brain, heart and stomach.

Scribes’ visa issue: Chinese media warns India of repercussions

Scribes’ visa issue: Chinese media warns India of repercussions

25 Jul 2016 | 9:20 AM

BEIJING: Taking umbrage at India’s refusal to extend visas of three Chinese journalists, a state-run daily on Monday warned of “serious consequences” if the matter was a fallout of Beijing’s refusal to back New Delhi’s NSG membership bid.

8 schoolchildren killed as train hits minibus at unmanned crossing in UP

8 schoolchildren killed as train hits minibus at unmanned crossing in UP

25 Jul 2016 | 3:02 PM

BHADOHI: Eight children were killed and 14 others were injured when a school minibus was hit by a train at an unmanned railway crossing on Monday morning due to alleged negligence of the bus driver who ignored warning.

SC issues contempt notice against Mallya for non-disclosure of assets

SC issues contempt notice against Mallya for non-disclosure of assets

25 Jul 2016 | 4:37 PM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya on a contempt petition for not disclosing his assets.

Maya remark: Non-bailable warrant against Dayashankar

Maya remark: Non-bailable warrant against Dayashankar

25 Jul 2016 | 9:27 PM

LUCKNOW: A local court today issued a non-bailable warrant against suspended BJP leader Dayashankar Singh on the application of the district police over his derogatory remarks against BSP supremo Mayawati.

Verizon to acquire Yahoo for $4.83 bn

Verizon to acquire Yahoo for $4.83 bn

25 Jul 2016 | 7:48 PM

NEW YORK: Verizon Communications on Monday said it will acquire Yahoo's operating business for about $4.83 billion in cash.


Mann in the dock

Why disrupt Parliament for action?


A terrible tragedy

IAF needs to address maintenance issue

Unafraid of being human


America on the edge

America on the edge

Govind Talwalkar

Munich attack will add to the fear and strengthen Trump’s case

Why is AFSPA under constant attack?

Lt Gen Harwant Singh (retd)

The very fact that the military is called upon to join is an admission that the situation is extraordinary. It is well outside the capabilities of the state and central police to manage. An area or a state has to be first declared as a “disturbed area” and only then can AFSPA be brought in.

more Opinion...
Pranab da guided me like a guardian: Modi

Pranab da guided me like a guardian: Modi

25 Jul 2016 | 10:32 PM

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi heaped praises on President Pranab Mukherjee, who completed four years in office on Monday, calling him a “guardian and mentor” who held his finger and guided him on various subjects when he took over as prime minister two years ago.

CITY FOCUS

Normal water supply in city from today

Normal water supply in city from today

25 Jul 2016 | 2:22 AM

CHANDIGARH: The city will get normal water supply from tomorrow as the MC made the header and all eight motors functional at the Kajauli Waterworks this evening.

NoNaresh Yadav, AAP MLA from Delhi. Tribune file photo

Sacrilege: AAP MLA remanded in 2 day police custody

25 Jul 2016 | 5:45 PM

SANGRUR: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Delhi MLA Naresh Yadav, arrested in connection with the Malerkotla desecration case yesterday, was remanded in police custody for two days by a Malerkotla court on Monday.

No

Brar claims to make big disclosure on foreign accounts of Amarinder, family

25 Jul 2016 | 6:39 PM

CHANDIGARH: Former Congress leader Jagmeet Singh Brar on Monday claimed of big disclosure about the foreign accounts and transactions in the accounts of the PPCC president Capt Amarinder Singh and his family members.

No

Capt, state Congress MLAs vow to resign if SYL ruling is adverse

25 Jul 2016 | 12:57 AM

KARTARPUR: Taking a tough stand on the SYL issue, PPCC chief Capt Amarinder Singh today announced that he — as MP — and all MLAs of the Punjab Congress would resign if the decision of the Supreme Court goes against Punjab.

collapse stories
Struggle for basics a  routine in Mewat ‘model’ village

Struggle for basics a routine in Mewat ‘model’ village

25 Jul 2016 | 12:07 AM

MEWAT: A mound of debris for a classroom, a slushy stretch for a road, a school compound full of stagnant water and no drainage — if that is the Haryana Government’s definition of a “model village”, Ghasera qualifies with distinction.

Eight-day Minjar fair inaugurated at Chamba

Eight-day Minjar fair inaugurated at Chamba

25 Jul 2016 | 12:10 AM

CHAMBA: Himachal Forest Minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri today inaugurated the eight-day International Minjar Fair of Chamba, which is one of the major tribal carnivals of the northwestern Himalayas, by hoisting Minjar flag in the historic lush green Chowgan amidst singing of ‘kunjari malhar’ (folk songs of this alpine region).

Separatist leaders detained to foil march to Anantnag

Separatist leaders detained to foil march to Anantnag

25 Jul 2016 | 5:37 PM

SRINAGAR: Even as curfew and restrictions continued to remain in force for 17th day across the Valley, the authorities have detained separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik to foil their march to Anantnag in south Kashmir on Monday.

Kumaon bears the brunt of rain

25 Jul 2016 | 12:44 AM

Over 22 mm rain in the hills and 122 mm in the plains of Champawat district for the past 24 hours has disrupted the vehicular traffic on the main highways and village roads and posed a threat to livelihood by washing away fertile fields of Nachni farmers residing along the Ramganga.

2 killed in Florida nightclub shooting; not an 'act of terror', say police

2 killed in Florida nightclub shooting; not an 'act of terror', say police

25 Jul 2016 | 9:21 PM

HOUSTON/FORT MYERS: At least two persons were killed and 17 others injured on Monday in a shooting rampage at a night club in Florida hosting a teen swimsuit party, over a month after a gunman massacred 49 people in the state in the worst mass shooting incident in US history.

Salaried? All you need to know about returns

Salaried? All you need to know about returns

25 Jul 2016 | 1:25 AM

While talking to some of my colleagues and friends who are salaried, I understand that a majority of them are under the impression that as full tax has already been deducted from their salaries, they are not required to file their income tax returns.

NoThe Olympic flag at the Christ the Redeemer statue — Rio de Janeiro''s landmark — at the Corcovado hill. AFP file

IOC allows Russia in Rio, conditions apply

25 Jul 2016 | 10:12 PM

MOSCOW: The Kremlin on Monday hailed a decision by the International Olympic Committee not to ban Russia's entire team from the Rio Olympics over doping allegations, but government officials said the strings attached to the IOC's ruling were unfair.

No

Narsingh Yadav provisionally suspended, says Sports Minister

25 Jul 2016 | 4:38 PM

MUMBAI: Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav has claimed his supplements and water had been "sabotaged" after the wrestler due to represent his country in the 74kg category at next month's Rio Games tested positive for a banned steroid. “Narsingh Yadav has been suspended provisionally. He will be allowed to go if national anti-doping disciplinary panel (NADA) clears his name,” Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Vijay Goel said.

No

Fought for place, now both can’t fight in Rio

25 Jul 2016 | 10:57 AM

NEW DELHI:India will be without any representation in the 74-kg freestyle wrestling event at the Rio Olympics.

collapse stories
LIFE+STYLE
  • Punjabi literature, on a new note

    Punjabi literature, on a new note

    At the most, you can expect a youngster to dish out random names like Heer Ranjha, Waris Shah, Sohni Mahiwal, Nanak Singh, Amrita Pritam, Shiv Kumar Batalvi, Sant Singh Sekhon... in no chronological order, whatsoever, when asked about their nearness to Punjabi literature.

  • Star Track
  • Finally, Fawad to play the husband!

    Finally, Fawad to play the husband!

    Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has finally closed in on Fawad Khan as Deepika Padukone’s screen husband for his epic period drama, Padmavati.

  • SpectrumBreaking bread

    Breaking bread

    The aroma of fresh bread is truly irresistible. Bread consumption over the years has been on the increase both in urban and rural settings. In fact, the number of varieties, which one sees these days, is mind boggling and there are eateries specialising only in bread making.

  • Eco concerns at Churdhar

    Rough roads often lead to good destinations. Places where nature soothes your soul and silence sings its song. Has anything evaded human incursions though? En route the Churdhar peak, which houses the Chureshwar Mahadev Temple, human presence is marked by mindless scatter amid nature’s bounties.

  • Deadly lionfish invades the Mediterranean

    Lionfish — beautiful, venomous and voracious predators that can spawn every four days — have invaded the Mediterranean as the sea temperature rises, raising fears of environmental devastation of native marine life.

more Spectrum...

YOUR WORLD AND YOU