Awaaz-e-Punjab meet remains inconclusive

After the meeting, a member of the forum told The Indian Express that “we are in touch with Delhi-based leaders of the Congress as well as AAP. We discussed as to what should be our destination so as to save Punjab from Badals.”

Written by Kanchan Vasdev | Chandigarh | Published:October 7, 2016 2:54 am

Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu’s Awaaz-e-Punjab did not take a final call on its future course of action even as all the four members of the political forum held a marathon meeting at Sidhu’s Delhi residence Thursday.

After the meeting, a member of the forum told The Indian Express that “we are in touch with Delhi-based leaders of the Congress as well as AAP. We discussed as to what should be our destination so as to save Punjab from Badals.”

The leader said they would soon announce their tie-up with a party.

A senior leader of AAP, however, said there was no contact between AAP and Sidhu. “Curtains have fallen on them. We do not want them,” said the Delhi-based AAP leader.

Sources said Awaaz-e-Punjab members were working on forming an alliance with the Congress but Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh was not keen to have them on board. Sidhu had a few days ago said he was willing to align with Congress but without Amarinder.

Sources said they were trying to forge an alliance with the Congress but were asking for over a dozen seats. The Congress, it is learnt, was willing to give them four or five.

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