Sidhu takes U-turn in hopes for better bargain deal: Punjab CM Badal
After Navjot Singh Sidhu announced that his newly launched Awaaz-e-Punjab won’t be a political party, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has said the cricketer-turned-politician was changing his stance frequently in hope for a better bargain with one or the other party, HT reported.
Speaking to reporters, Badal said: “Sidhu is aware that people will not support a person who has backstabbed his parent party, so, he stopped himself short of floating a political party.”
Stirring more confusion in the state’s fast changing political scenario, the former BJP MP declared that the forum ‘Awaaz-e-Punjab’ that he had launched recently will not be a political party, adding that the said forum is open to allying with anyone to break the “Badal-Amarinder nexus”.
On September 2, putting aside all speculations of joining Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), former BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu had announced to float Aawaz-e-Punjab.
The Punjab poll is expected to be held in January or early February 2017, in which political parties will contest for 117 Assembly seats.
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.