Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, who recently quit the Rajya Sabha, addressed a press conference on Monday.
Here are the highlights :
I resigned from the Rajya Sabha because I was told not to look towards Punjab. In fact, I was told to stay away from Punjab.
The biggest dharm of all dharams is ‘Rashtra Dharm’.
Party is not above Punjab, cannot leave the people who voted for me
If there is not dharm bigger than rashtra dharm, then tell me, how am I supposed to leave my roots.
How can Navjot Singh Sidhu leave the soil he belongs to.
How can I leave those people. I have won four times. I can understand if you say that I won the first time because of being a ‘celebrity’… but the second time on wards you win because of the good work you do.
After winning four elections, if I am told that stay away from Punjab… I ask why? Am I guilty of something? Have I done anything wrong? How can they expect me stay away from Punjab.
No political party is bigger than ‘Punjab’.
If this was the first time, I could still understand, they made a mistake… but this is the third or fourth time.
Till the time I was the MP from Amritsar, I never went home… gave my everything. When they asked me to step down during the case…. I stepped down immediately.
Then I was told to stand from Kurukshetra…. Then they said stand from west Delhi, to which I refused.
Now they say, stay away from Punjab. This is not acceptable.
If I ever have to choose between my party, family and Punjab… I will always choose Punjab over everything and everyone else. There is no doubt in my mind about it.
Navjot Singh Sidhu press conference :