Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, 52, has quit as a Member of Parliament, in a move that was instantly seen as a precursor to his exiting the party.
There is a strong buzz that the former cricketer and commentator will join Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which is campaigning aggressively in Punjab ahead of elections in the state in 2017.
"The people of Punjab are looking for a change," was his immediate reaction.
Navjot Singh Sidhu is multi-talented and is also a popular television personality. He was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in April, 2016. He was reportedly disgruntled with the BJP when he was asked to give up his Amritsar constituency, which he has represented for 10 years for another senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley during the 2014 national election. Mr Jaitley eventually lost the election.
Mr Sidhu's wife Navjot, who is currently a lawmaker in Punjab and a parliamentary secretary in the Akali Dal-BJP government, is also expected to resign from the party.