G. N. Panesar
Chandigarh: Is it the virtual end of cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu’s innings on Punjab’s political wicket? This is the very question in Punjab politics and for the political thinkers its current issue of debate. The sitting MP and high-profile star campaigner of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been yanked off the Amritsar parliamentary seat and replaced by senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley.
Sidhu, the only elected BJP MP from Punjab, has been forced to exit as his differences with top BJP leaders in Punjab and with the Shiromani Akali Dal leadership.
The BJP offered him the West Delhi and Kurukshetra (Haryana) seats but he refused to contest from anywhere but Amritsar.
Sidhu, who has been BJP’s star campaigner in several other states, seems to have ended up on the negative side in Punjab’s politics. Prof. Tarlok Bandhu of Punjab University Chandigarh shared his views with Asian Journal that at least in current scenario Sidhu’s political innings in the state seem to have ended.