Putting all the rumours at rest that former Bharatiya Janata Party MP Navjot Singh Sidhu would soon join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said the cricketer-turned-politician needs time to think.
In a series of tweets this morning, Kejriwal said Sidhu met him last week, but added that the former MP did not put forth any pre-conditions. His respect for the cricket legend will continue irrespective of whether "he joins (AAP) or not".
Earlier, the AAP chief had said that talks of Sidhu becoming the party’s face in Punjab were "premature".
Kejriwal’s remarks, however, are in stark contrast to the buzz of Sidhu’s imminent induction into the AAP after the later resigned from his Rajya Sabha last month and lashed out at the BJP leadership alleging it wanted him to stay away from Punjab.
The AAP had, at that time, made it clear that his joining the party will not be on any terms or conditions. Also, the AAP’s constitution does not permit giving tickets to two members of a family. But the AAP on Friday said that Kejriwal’s tweets have scotched all rumors with regard to Navjot Singh Sidhu’s induction in the party as it was not appropriate that position of a dignitary was being questioned.
Reiterating Kejriwal’s assertion that no conditions have been tabled between the AAP and Sidhu, party leader Ashutosh said that the former’s tweet have put an end to all speculations.
"So, through the tweets we have put forward the real facts. Arvind ji has clearly said that he had a meeting with Sidhu ji and that there were no conditions laid, as Sidhu ji has asked for some more time to think over all scenarios," he added.
According to reports, Sidhu initially had said that he will not contest the Punjab Assembly polls and just wanted an AAP ticket for his wife.
However, reports suggest that the cricketer-turned-politician later made a U-turn and demanded tickets for both himself and his wife Navjot Kaur in the upcoming assembly elections.