Amritsar, Sept.27 (ANI): Taking on the SAD-BJP Government in Punjab, BJP MP and former cricketer Navjot Sidhu dramatically announced that he would start his fast unto death against the regime's anti-development policies from Saturday.
Blaming the Badal Government for scuttling six of his pet development projects, Sidhu said he had no option but to sit on a fast unto death, as his voice was not being heard.
The announcement came following high drama. A media savvy Sidhu first invited media persons at his residence, kept them waiting and did not face them.
As soon as he landed from Delhi, he first asked the media to come to his residence, but later got himself locked up in the bedroom.
His political secretary, Aman, kept rushing up and down, and then, brought a hand written two-page unsigned statement before the media, announcing Sidhu's decision to sit on a fast till death.
There were little known BJP workers available with Sidhu, even though BJP national vice president Laxmi Kanta Chawla and other senior leaders were in town.
He said he will fight till the last breath.
Ever since he had initiated a fight against the state government and alliance partner SAD (Badal), he had been making calls almost daily, but today, he avoided the media.
According to the announcement, Sidhu will sit in front of Hall Gate for his fast unto death.
Sidhu's wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu, a local MLA, had earlier lashed out at the Badal Government.
Thereafter, Sidhu was absent from Amritsar for over a year, preocupied with media and cricket-related assignments.
He started raking up development issues, knowing fully well that a strong anti-incumbency factor was against him this time.
Sidhu first contested from the Amritsar seat in 2004 and won with a thumping majority of one lakh votes. However, in the 2009 elections, he won by a mere 6000 votes.
Since then, he has been playing the blame game, which led to him having differences with various BJP leaders, including former loyalists and cabinet Minister Anil Joshi, former Chairman Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina and Mayor Shawet Malik.
The BJP in Amritsar stands divided today due to Sidhu's open criticism of various BJP leaders. Th
He has earned the ire of Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal, who said recently that Sidhu seemed to be playing a 'fixed match' with the Congress to criticize his government.
Sidhu reacted by saying the statement was rubbish.
Sources here are saying that Sidhu wants the BJP to nominate him to the Rajya Sabha, but, no such assurance has come from party top brass, including its president Rajnath Singh.
Though instructed by Rajnath Singh and Shanta Kumar (In-charge of Punjab BJP affairs) not to go to the media, Sidhu has said: "Party's directions are on one side, but my duties and dedication towards Amritsar are on other side."
There are also reports that Sidhu may contest the elections from Delhi (West) to counter the anti-incumbency factor in Amritsar.
Is he trying to find a safe exit option? Only time will tell said a political analyst By Ravinder Singh Robin(ANI)