Warning Navjot Singh Sidhu against the Aam Aadmi Party’s “use and throw” policy, the party’s suspended MPs Dharamvir Gandhi from Patiala and Harinder Singh Khalsa from Fatehgarh Sahib Monday said, “Sidhu will extremely regret his decision if he joins AAP”.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Gandhi and Khalsa, who were suspended from the party more than a year ago for “anti-party activities” and on whose fate party chief Arvind Kejriwal is yet to take any decision, said: “Sidhu must not forget the AAP’s habit of dumping old faces every few months and then shopping for new ones.”
Gandhi also questioned as to why “Sidhu was quiet and watching the entire SAD-BJP drama for almost 15 years now” and “just before polls, Punjab has become a priority for him”.Sidhu was working with the BJP, without any hesitation or burden, since 15 years. Why was Punjab not his priority for these 15 years? It is sheer opportunism now to enter AAP before polls. If he joins AAP, he will soon regret it. The party is no longer the same as it was when founded,” said Gandhi.
He also said “Navjot Kaur Sidhu always had better credentials than her husband”. “The woman has constantly raised her voice against SAD hooliganism,” said Gandhi. “Sidhu must remember Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, Dr Daljit Singh, Jassi Jasraj, (Harinder) Khalsa saab and me. I won’t be surprised if he (Sidhu) is thrown out in a similar way,” he said.
Fatehgarh Sahib MP Harinder Singh Khalsa said “it was unethical on Sidhu’s part to ditch his mother party (BJP) and he will regret his decision to join AAP”. “I have no love for BJP but it is the party that nurtured him as a leader. It is an old habit of Kejriwal who feels that old faces are redundant and he goes for shopping new ones every few months,” said Khalsa.
“I have nothing personal against Sidhu. I am fan of his extraordinary satire and oratorical skills. But resigning as MP is sheer opportunism,” said Khalsa.