Kejriwal Wants “Only Yes Men”: Sidhu
Chandigarh: As he launched a new political party, the Awaaz-e-Punjab, Navjot Singh Sidhu, a cricketer turned politician, broke his silence on his failed talks to join Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party.
Revealing that the Delhi chief minister had asked him not to contest the Punjab elections early next year, offering to make his wife a minister instead if AAP won, Mr Sidhu commented that Mr Kejriwal wants “only yes men”.
“I said Sat Sri Akal (thank you very much),” said the former BJP MP, who also declined to join in the Congress party.
While the elections are five months away from now, political observers say that Mr. Sidhu might not have enough time to make a serious impact. According to them, he could cut into the votes of the Aam Aadmi Party, with both making a debut in a state so far ruled by the Congress or the Akali Dal.
It is said that Mr Sidhu could draw the support of AAP’s sacked Punjab chief Sucha Singh Chhotepur, who rebelled in protest against his removal over allegations of corruption in choosing candidates.
The former cricketer asserted that “the resurrection and revival of Punjab is the aim of Awaaz-e-Punjab.” “Our slogan is Punjab will win, Punjabiyat will win and Punjabis will win,” Mr Sidhu said.
Navjot Sidhu resigned as a member of the Rajya Sabha and walked out of the BJP in July this year. His wife, an MLA from BJP Navjot Kaur Sidhu, is also expected to quit the party.
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