Navjot Singh Sidhu to launch Aawaaz-e-Punjab next week
Amid reports of cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu joining the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) after resigning from BJP, Sidhu has collaborated with the Bains brothers and ex-captain of Indian Hockey Pargat Singh, to form a new political front called Aawaz-e-Punjab. The front is intended to raise voice against the people who’ve done harm to the Indian state of Punjab. Denying Aawaz-e-Punjab to be a new political party, Sidhu will be launching the same next week. On the contrary, a top AAP leader has claimed that Sidhu is still in talks with the party and is interested in analyzing the kind of support the front receives from the people of Punjab.
Sidhu had resigned in July from his Rajya Sabha seat, and was expected to join AAP until AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal declared that “Sidhu needed some more time” to make a decision, sparking speculation that the former cricketer had placed “unacceptable” conditions for his joining the party. The former cricketer has been ambiguous about whether he has left the BJP, and is also being wooed by the Congress.
His wife, Navjot Kaur Sidhu told mediapersons that Sidhu himself would “clear the air” on the new front to the media on September 8. The Sidhus and Pargat had been in touch with AAP in the past, too.
The Bains brothers are two Independent MLAs from Ludhiana who run a non-political organisation, ‘Team Insaaf’, under the banner of which they have been carrying out an anti-Badal campaign. Pargat Singh, former India hockey captain, was suspended by SAD last month following reports that he was warming up to AAP.
On whether former AAP Punjab convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur and expelled Congress leader Jagmeet Singh Brar would also be part of the outfit, Bains said: “We will give a clarion call to all such people so that we can save the state from being looted by the Badals.”
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