In a surprising move, former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday announced a new front, ‘Awaaz-e-Punjab’ ahead of the Punjab Assembly elections.
Being seen as a setback for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which Sidhu was rumoured to be joining, the new front brings together the cricketer-turned-politician and former Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) legislator Pargat Singh as well as two independent MLA&’s– brothers Simarjit and Balwinder Singh Bains.
“We have formed a new front in Punjab,” Navjot Kaur Sidhu, wife of Navjot Singh Sidhu said.
The development is sure to leave all three major parties in the state—BJP, Congress and the AAP in a fix as it threatens to divide the votes.
Perhaps, the blow will be hardest for the AAP whose popularity was surging in the state and got a major boost after rumours of Sidhu and Pargat Singh joining the new party started doing the rounds. Pargat was thee legislator from Jalandhar East constituency and was suspended in July.
According to reports, Sidhu wanted to be projected as AAP&’s CM candidate in the state and also demanded election ticket for his wife and a dozen other aides.
However, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal refused to accept the demands fearing backlash from local leaders who considered Sidhu as an outsider, reports said.