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The acceptance of Navjot Singh Sidhu’s resignation as Punjab cabinet minister is the end of his political career, the Bharatiya Janata Party said on Saturday. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh accepted the cricketer-turned-politician’s “one-line” resignation and forwarded it to Governor V P Singh Badnore who conveyed his acceptance of the same, an official spokesperson said.
“Sidhu has no future in Punjab politics now. His political career is over,” said BJP National secretary Tarun Chugh. Hitting out at the Congress leader, Chugh said Sidhu first “deceived” the BJP and has now “cheated” the Congress with his “non-performance”.
Punjab BJP chief Shwait Malik also hit out at Sidhu, dubbing him as a “selfish” individual “who thinks only about himself”.
“He is a selfish man who earlier deceived the BJP which brought him into politics… He now has nowhere to go,” said Malik, hailing Amarinder Singh for accepting Sidhu’s resignation.
“When Sidhu joined the Congress, both Rahul Gandhi and Amarinder Singh had welcomed him. Now when Amarinder realised truth about Sidhu, he took the right decision (of accepting the resignation),” said Malik.
The Rajya Sabha MP further accused Sidhu of being the “worst ever” minister in the history of Punjab. “No party will now invite him to join. He is a rejected commodity,” alleged Malik.