AAP has reportedly refrained from meeting either of his demands.
New Delhi: AAP appears to be playing safe, the googly that was delivered by the cricketer-turned-politician, Navjot Singh Sidhu, who after stating that he was not looking to be projected as the CM candidate in the coming Punjab elections, has reportedly demanded exactly that from the Aam Aadmi Party, apart from claiming a ticket for his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu to contest elections.
AAP has reportedly refrained from meeting either of his demands. The party which hopes to repeat its Delhi performance in Punjab next year says Sidhu was not brought in as a potential CM candidate but as a star campaigner.
Also, the party’s policy of limiting election candidature to only one person from a family, will also come in the way of extending the election ticket to Sidhu’s wife, who is currently a legislator with the BJP but is to follow her husband soon.
Sidhu had resigned from the Rajya Sabha in July and said he was quitting because “the people of Punjab are looking for a change”. He later said BJP leaders had asked him to “not even look at” Punjab. He had earlier been upset that Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had been fielded from Amritsar in 2014 General Elections, instead of him.
There had been a buzz about Sidhu planning to join the AAP on August 15 as a symbolic gesture of becoming free from BJP, but that was not to be. Sources close to him indicate that he is weighing out various options including the Congress, which is supposedly willing to open its arms to him.