Cricketer-turned-BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday said he resigned from Rajya Sabha as he was repeatedly being "asked to stay away from Punjab" which he was not ready to do.
"I resigned from Rajya Sabha because I was told to not turn towards Punjab and stay away from Punjab... Why should I stay away from Punjab and on whose wishes," Sidhu asked while speaking to reporters in national capital.
"Duty towards the nation is the most superior. How could I ignore my roots and betray my homeland? Should I stay away from Punjab just to cater to personal interests of some people," he added.
BJP nominated Sidhu to the Upper House of the Parliament in April. He gave up his membership on July 18 amid speculation that he was going to join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
Sidhu said he had won four elections with huge margins and against all odds in the last 10 years and that he could not be placated by a Rajya Sabha berth.
"This was not the first time that I was being asked to stay away from Punjab... This is for the third or fourth time," Sidhu said.
The former India cricket opener said that no party was "above or bigger than Punjab".