As AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal reaches Punjab for his poll campaign, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday formally launched his political party ‘Awaaz-e-Punjab’, which will contest in the upcoming Punjab Assembly elections 2017.
Addressing a press conference, Sidhu said: “The redemption, resurrection and revival of this state is the aim of our Awaaz-e-Punjab.”
In an apparent attack on the BJP, Sidhu said their aim is to make the state prosperous again by fighting people who have ‘ruined Punjab’.
“There is a tradition in India that good people are kept as decoration pieces and used only for campaigning,” he said, adding that good leaders in India have been reduced to mute spectators.
The Punjab poll is expected to be held in January or early February 2017, in which political parties will contest for 117 Assembly seats.
A press conference will be addressed by Sidhu along with two independent legislators, Balwinder Singh Bains and Simarjeet Singh Bains.
While the Bains brothers were independent candidates who were leaning towards AAP, Pargat Singh was recently expelled from Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on charges of indulging in anti-party activities.
On 18 July, Navjot Singh Sidhu, who was former BJP Rajya Sabha member, resigned from the post and the party, fueling speculation that he might join the AAP.