Chandigarh, July 19: Once the BJP's best-known face Navjot Singh Sidhu in Punjab, who was off late sideleined by the party and was not on cordial terms with its ruling ally Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) resigned from the saffron party on Monday, July 18.
His resignation did not come as a surprise for many in the political circle, as many were aware of the fact that Sidhu wasn't happy with the way, the BJP was treating him.
The resignation of 52-year-old Sidhu, who was nominated as the Rajya Sabha MP on April 22, was accepted by Chairman Hamid Ansari with immediate effect.
Immediately after his parting ways with the BJP and that too at the time when Punjab is all set to face assembly elections next year, lot of reactions poured from various parties. Let's have a look on who said what:
Navjot Kaur Sidhu- "I think Sidhu has very clearly suggested what he is going to do and in the coming days let him come out with this (his future plans). He has said that he wants to serve Punjab and there is no choice except serving from Aam Aadmi Party. It is understood that if he has quit the Rajya Sabha, he has quit BJP. There is no question of his going back, he has never gone back on his words. He wants to serve Punjab. And he will serve the state."
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal- "Sidhu joins whichever party. But nobody likes Dalbadloo (turncoat)."
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal- "Resignation of Navjot Singh Sidhu from Rajya Sabha would have no impact on the SAD-BJP alliance and on the Assembly poll results in the state."
AAP chief & Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal- "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."
Punjab BJP president Vijay Sampla- "Navjot Singh Sidhu and his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu are free to make their decision and they can go wherever they want to. There is not going to be any effect on the party. Sidhu did not enter Punjab for four years. Whether the party was not functioning?"
Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh- "Pushed to the wall by the Akalis and his own party, the BJP, maintaining a conniving silence, Sidhu was left with little option other than resigning."
AAP's Punjab state convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur- "Appreciate Navjot Sidhu and Dr. Navjot Kaur Sidhu Move, looking forward for their Welcome to @AAPPunjab2017 @AamAadmiParty @DrDrnavjotsidhu. Navjot Singh Sidhu is most welcomed to join @AamAadmiParty @sherryontopp @AAPPunjab2017."
AAP leader Sanjay Singh- "We welcome the resignation of Sidhu from the Rajya Sabha. It is a bold move."
People can give their rt hand for an RS seat. Ever seen a sitting RS MP resigning to save his state? I salute Sidhu ji for his courage— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) July 18, 2016
Navjot Singh Sidhu on quitting as BJP's Member of Parliament: 'In war of right or wrong, you can't afford to be neutral'— Ashish Khetan (@AashishKhetan) July 18, 2016
Navjot Singh Sidhu ji & his wife are on Kapil Sharma's show..And Mr Sidhu didn't let his wife complete even a single sentence..What a LEGEND— Paresh Rawal (@Babu_Bhaiyaa) July 2, 2016
People with no base, rejected by public are coming together to join "Party of Opportunists": Harsimrat Kaur Badal pic.twitter.com/7xFKT4fBV3— ANI (@ANI_news) July 19, 2016