Sidhu busy with Comedy Show; Awaaz-e-Punjab is mute
Awaaz-e-Punjab is quiet right now. After Sidhu’s announcement of the forum on September 8, the Awaaz-e-Punjab has gone silent. None of the four have reacted to any development, including Sunday’s Uri attack.
Sources in Awaaz-e-Punjab claim Sidhu will be back full throttle in Punjab politics after his contractual obligations with “The Kapil Sharma Show” come to an end in September. “He will be in the campaign mode from October when we start holding our rallies,” they said. The money Sidhu makes from the show and as a commentator is estimated to be to the tune of 25 crore a year, say his aides.
So far the four-leader front — whom Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh has dubbed a ‘tonga party ’ — has no organisational muscle.
Though the AAP, Congress and SAD-BJP are closely watching the front unfold its plans, they are not unduly worried. The Congress sees the front as BJP’s B-team.
But the BJP says there is nothing more to Sidhu than being a celebrity. “Has any leader from the BJP or even Amritsar come out in Sidhu’s support? Can he be a full-time politician and brave the heat and dust of elections,” a BJP MP said, requesting anonymity.