Navjot Singh Sidhu recently announced that he is not going start a new party rather Awaaz-e-Punjab would only be a forum for like minded people to share their views and ideas for the betterment of Punjab. The announcement also lead to speculations of him rekindling the talks with the Aam Aadmi Party and Arvind Kejariwal.
Navjot Singh Sidhu sought to invite all parties to join hands with him. He also claimes that this move is not all politically motivated rather its only for the betterment of Punjab where ideas from all parties are welcomed.
Mr. Sidhu has been severely critical off late about the alleged corruption by Akali Dal and Congress in the state of Punjab. The fact that he recently resigned from BJP and is severely opposing SAD and Congress leaves a strong possibility of him tying up with the third biggest party that is AAP for the upcoming elections in Punjab.
Sidhu claimed that him making a new party would only result in dividing votes which in turn would help the Badals retain their position. Cricketer tuned politician had always been voicing his opinion against the BJP-SAD alliance even when he was with BJP but his attacks on the Badals have become more severe ever-since he resigned from the Rajya sabha and BJP membership.
He believes that there is too little time left for him to start a new party. Accoring to his logic, a new party requires a minimum of two years to make any sort of impact on the elections, he believes a mere 3 months of time is too little for a herculean task such as beating the Badal-Amrinder nexus. He ended his his statement with a slogan that said “ May Punjab, Punjabiyat and every punjbi win”
Sidhu’s wife, Navjot Kaur said in an interview said that Navjot Sidhu did not want to divide the anti-incumbency votes which most likely will favor the Badals and therefore decided to start a forum named Aawaz-e-punjab where members form all the parties are invited to work for the betterment of Punjab.
Sidhu broke all links with BJP when he resigned from Rajya Sabha and formally quit party membership a few weeks ago. Prior to launching his forum aawaz-e-punjab, Navjot Singh Sidhu was in talks with the Aam Admi Party Supremo Arvind Kejariwal. Sidhu later on rubbished the news of him joining AAP after a blatant attack on Kejariwal saying that he only wants “yes man” along his side.
According to sources, AAP and Delhi chief minister asked Mr. Sidhu not to contest the elections and offered a ministerial position for his wife, Navjot kaur if AAP wins the election in Punjab. Congress also approached Sidhu to invite him in their party but the latter tuned down the offer.