Punjab Elections: Sidhu continues to keep everyone confused
Amidst the reports of Congress negotiating with Awaaz-e-Punjab (AEP), confusion erupted again when the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had its two trusted leaders in talks with AEP chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.
According to the reports coming in, AAP assigned two-member team comprising national organization building head Durgesh Pathak and Gurpreet Singh Bhatti, a former aide of Manpreet Badal who joined AAP later, met Sidhu at his Delhi residence today.
Pathak told The Indian Express that talks were on and they had got a “positive response” from the outfit. However, AEP members said they had not been able to reach any conclusion after a marathon meeting lasting eight hours on Wednesday. The leaders of the outfit met at Sidhu’s Delhi residence.
In a report of The Indian Express, its sources informed that Sidhu also held a meeting on Tuesday with a senior Congress leader, considered a trouble-shooter by the Gandhi family. Another Congress representative met him Wednesday morning. The AAP duo met Sidhu at his residence in the evening.
Simarjit Singh Bains, a legislator from Ludhiana who is part of AEP, told The Indian Express that they would require some more time to take a decision. “We do not want to take a decision that the people of Punjab will not appreciate,” he noted.
While on other hand, Rajya Sabha member and former Punjab Congress President Partap Singh Bajwa has claimed that AEP’s pact with the Congress is likely to be sealed before Diwali. But according to the reports sources in AEP said they had made it clear they would not like to work with Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh for his alleged “nexus” with Badals.
Notably, Amarinder has been reportedly called Sidhu names like “clown”, “comedian” etc a couple of times, and recently was upset with discussion of AEP joining with Congress.
On the other hand, AAP’s leader Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been reportedly saying that he would respect Sidhu even if his relationship with AAP does not materialise.