Two members of Awaaz-e-Punjab to join AAP
Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu‘s newly formed political front, the Awaaz-e-Punjab, is witnessing for a heavy jolt as two of its founding members are set for a tie -up with the Aam Admi Party ahead of the state assembly polls.
The two independent legislators from Punjab’s Ludhiana Simarjit Bains and his brother Balwinder Singh Bains met Aam Aadmi Party‘s chief Arvind Kejriwal in Bathinda on Sunday. And so a formal announcement of them joining the party is expected today.
The development has arisen weeks after the closed-door meetings between four of Awaaz-e-Punjab leaders with Congress and AAP representatives.
Though the brothers preferred to stay mum, an AAP leader said a press conference will be held on Monday in which the Bains brothers and AAP convenor, Gurpreet Singh Waraich and Punjab in-charge Sanjay Singh will jointly address the media.
“There will be an alliance with the Bains brothers,” AAP’s national organisation building head Durgesh Pathak said on Sunday.
The Up’s and Down’s of Awaaz-e-Punjab
Awaaz-e-Punjab all new political party was launched in September had initially talks of allying with non-Akali and non-Congress political outfits. Previously, Mr Sidhu had criticised Mr Kejriwal of running the Aam Aadmi Party like a dictator. After the last round of talks, Mr. Sidhu had declared that Mr .Kejriwal “wants only yes men in his party.”
There were several speculations that AAP has re-opened negotiations with Mr Sidhu after it perceived a dip in popularity ahead of assembly elections to be held in Punjab early next year.
Navjot Singh Sidhu had formally quit the BJP earlier this year but had made public his disenchantment with his party of a decade in July when he resigned from the Rajya Sabha. Since then he has been engaged in assessing other options. Punjab Elections are scheduled for early next year and all the parties have geared up to give their best. Let’s see who will finally claim the throne.