Cricketer-turned-politician and Bharatiya Janata Party MP Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned on Monday from the Rajya Sabha, where he had been nominated very recently.
His resignation comes amid whispers that he is planning to join the Aam Aadmi Party and will be the party's cheif ministerial candidate in Punjab.
AAP has been under pressure to name the CM candidate in the state.
Even though Sidhu was a reliable leader of the saffron party, things soured after Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal and the MP rubbed each other the wrong way.
The Amritsar MP had gone to town saying the party was neglecting his parliamentary constituency. Eventually, he had fallen out with the Amritsar unit of the BJP too, staying away from most of the events of the party and being inaccessible to party workers, leaders and people.
Sidhu stayed on despite the differences, till he was asked to vacate the constituency for Arun Jaitely, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in 2014. Jaitely's poll debacle triggered the rumours that Sidhu had sabotaged the finance minister's chances .
Sidhu's wife, Navjot Kaur Sidhu, an MLA and a parliamentary secretary in the Punjab government, may also quit the BJP to join the AAP.