PLAYING down speculation of cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu having joined the party, the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Punjab affairs incharge Sanjay Singh on Tuesday said the BJP had neither approached AAP nor had the party reached out to him. AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal had on Saturday stated that if Sidhu wanted to join the party, he was most welcome.
Sanjay Singh, meanwhile, also announced the party’s first ever “andolan” in Punjab, which will be held on December 15 to demand the resignation of Agriculture Minister Tota Singh. With this, AAP will be in competition with the Akalis and the Congress, which are organising separate rallies on the day.
As a part of its ‘andolan’ against the ‘corruption’, Sanjay Singh said the party would organise district-level dharnas outside offices of the respective deputy commissioners to demand Tota Singh’s resignation. The AAP leader accused Tota Singh of being behind a “Rs 35-crore spurious pesticide scam” which he added, has led to the suicides of 125 cotton farmers.”Tota Singh is not just an accused in the scam but also guilty of driving farmers to suicides.” he said.
On if Sidhu could be the AAP’s face for the 2017 Assembly elections, Sanjay Singh said, “People with a clean image are most welcome in the party. We have said it in the past as well. We will project a face at the appropriate time”. He also confirmed that Kejriwal would camp in the state six months prior to the Assembly elections.