Did Navjot Sidhu’s wife leak Jaitley’s campaign to Amarinder Singh
Chandigarh: While former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Navjot Singh Sidhu’s said that his forum Awaaz-e-Punjab will not partner with the Congress till it is led by its state chief Captain Amarinder Singh, a cousin of the cricketer-turned-politician’s wife, Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, has claimed that BJP MLA Dr Sidhu had “leaked” details about the campaign of BJP candidate Arun Jaitley to rival Amarinder during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections of Amritsar.
Kamal Virk, 60, who carries the nickname Binoo, shared emails for proof. Emails sent by Virk during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections to Amarinder’s team have details on Jaitley’s daily meetings and programmes. Those dated April 16, April 17, April 18 and April 20 have Jaitley’s schedule starting from 10.30am to 9pm. She claims Jaitley’s appearance on the TV show ‘Aap Ki Adalat’ was kept under wraps.
Her email dated April 18, 2014, to Captain’s close aide reads, “Sent a message to Rana Gurjit Singh to depute some intelligent people to ask questions in ‘Aap Ki Adalat’ programme… pls take it as very important…” Kapurthala MLA Rana Gurjit was Amarinder’s poll coordinator.
“I was staying at the Sidhu residence in Amritsar and campaigning openly for Captain. Noni (Dr Sidhu) had asked her secretary, Sushil, to provide details of Jaitley’s programmes to me. Why are they gunning for Amarinder now,” Virk said. Close to the former CM’s officer on special duty (OSD) Major Amardeep, she was seen with Amarinder in the victory photographs. Amarinder had led from Amritsar east constituency of Dr Navjot Kaur by 32,000 votes and defeated Jaitley by over 1 lakh votes.
Binoo claims the Sidhus had started hobnobbing with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as early as October last year. “Dr Sidhu had asked me to arrange her meeting with AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi as my daughter stays in the Civil Lines, the same area as the Delhi chief minister. She met him and later deleted the pictures taken by me from my iPhone.
In April this year, Navjot Singh Sidhu was nominated to the Rajya Sabha. But on July 5, when the cabinet reshuffle took place, the BJP ruffled his feathers by not giving him the sports portfolio. So on July 19, he resigned from the Rajya Sabha. Sidhu has been laughing all the way to the bank with his comedy shows; he needs politics only for power. But both Kejriwal and Sidhu are too self-centred and arrogant to work together,” Virk said.
Dr Kaur, when contacted, rubbished Virk’s assertions and dubbed her as a distant relative. “There was no information on Jaitley that I could pass on to her. I am in the BJP while she was earlier a volunteer of the AAP and later came to support Amarinder. She lives in Delhi and used to arrange motivational speeches for my husband for a commission. I don’t need her to arrange a meeting with Kejriwal. She is saying all this now as she was working for the Congress to get a ticket. She asked me to get her the Congress ticket and I refused,” Navjot Kaur said.
But Virk challenges Kaur to prove her claims that she had ever supported the AAP or worked for Sidhu for a commission. “I can sue her for making these false allegations. I have never wanted to contest an election and know Amarinder and Major Amardeep directly, if I need a ticket. I am coming out in the open to reveal their true face. Sidhu is talking of Punjab, Punjabi, Punjabiyat only before elections. What has he done for Punjab in all these years?” Virk said.
Virk has bookings made by a travel agent to prove Sidhu asked her to drop his daughter to London, where she is studying. But Dr Kaur says since Virk was on the same flight so they had just asked her to look after their daughter.