Navjot Singh Sidhu said he will either contest the elections from Amritsar, or else he won’t contest them at all © PTI
New Delhi: Mar 15, 2014
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Lok Sabha Member of Parliament (MP) Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday remained firm in his stand of contesting Lok Sabha elections from Amritsar while ruling out trying his luck from elsewhere.
“Amritsar is the place where my work and action speaks for itself. Since, I started contesting elections from this holy place, I have promised myself never to abandon this place. Either, I will contest from Amritsar, or else I won’t contest elections,” said former India opening batsman Sidhu.
“BJP can decide on allowing Arun Jaitley to contest from Amritsar, I have no opposition to this decision as I am his protege. However, I am firm on my stand of not contesting from any constituency. I accept whole heartedly the decision announced by the party.”
On being asked if he can be pacified with a Rajya Sabha berth, the feisty leader said, “I am not someone who is going to ask something in return as a deal from the party ever.”
Earlier the BJP in its Central Election Committee meeting which was finalising the list of candidates for the upcoming elections apparently told Sidhu that he would not be fielded again from the high-profile constituency of Punjab and was given a choice of three other seats — Delhi, Chandigarh or Kurukshetra.
BJP is planning to field Arun Jaitley, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, from Amritsar.