Navjot Singh Sidhu Resigns From Rajya Sabha


New Delhi:  Senior BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday resigned from the Rajya Sabha in a move that was instantly seen as a precursor to his exiting the party.

The former cricketer and popular commentator was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in April. There is a strong, though unconfirmed, buzz that the 52-year-old is drifting towards Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which is prepping to campaign aggressively for the Punjab election next year.

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Some reports suggest that Mr Sidhu could be AAP’s chief ministerial candidate. Mr Sidhu had been upset with the BJP when he was asked to make way for Arun Jaitley to fight from his constituency Amritsar during the 2014 national election.

He had represented the Amritsar constituency for 10 years. Mr Jaitley lost the election. Mr Sidhu’s wife Navjyot, who is a lawmaker in Punjab and a parliamentary secretary in the Akali Dal-BJP government, may also resign, say reports. She had announced her resignation on Facebook earlier this year but later changed her mind.