AAP in shock after Sidhu’s new party
Punjab may see a four-cornered fight in the upcoming Assembly elections with a new political group spearheaded by cricketer-turned-BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu and comprising former hockey captain MLA Pargat Singh.
There was little information about the front Friday, apart from a picture posted on Facebook. Two Independent MLA brothers Balwinder Singh Bains and Simarjit Singh Bains also joined them in new venture – Awaz E Punjab.
Sources in AAP and those close to leaders of the new fourth front said AAP is jittery and its party leaders called Pargat Singh and others in the new party.
“AAP is worried about the fourth front eating into its vote share, especially when the party is passing through a crisis over the Punjabis versus outsiders debate. Corruption issues have also tarnished its image, causing disappointment and confusion among its supporters,” said an AAP insider.
Independent MLA Simarjit Singh Bains, talking about the decision to float a new party Aawaaz-e-Punjab with Sidhu taking the lead, told CNN-News18 that Sidhu is passionate about politics and is pained to see the current drug abuse problem in Punjab. Bains said that he is confident that the people of Punjab will support them.
After Sidhu resigned from the Rajya Sabha in July there were reports suggesting that the erstwhile BJP MP will join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and become the party’s chief ministerial candidate in poll-bound Punjab. In his resignation letter, Sidhu said there was closure of every window.
Even as speculation has been rife about Sidhu joining the AAP, the former Rajya Sabha MP had reportedly asked for a position no less than the chief minister, which might have turned out to be the main bottleneck for the AAP to include him in the party’s fold.