Govt set to pick Navjot Singh Sidhu as NCM member

Sidhu’s name has been sent to Home Ministry for security clearance, ahead of his formal appointment in place of former Sikh member Ajaib Singh, who retired in September.

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Published: December 2, 2015 2:05:58 am

In a bid to appease its former Amritsar MP and cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu, the NDA government is looking at making him a member of National Commission for Minorities.

Sidhu’s name has been sent to Home Ministry for security clearance, ahead of his formal appointment in place of former Sikh member Ajaib Singh, who retired in September.

The move comes amid speculation that Sidhu, who was denied a ticket from Amritsar in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls — Finance Minister Arun Jaitley fought and lost the seat — may join the AAP.

The AAP, which won four Lok Sabha seats in Punjab, is said to be looking for a credible face ahead of the 2017 state polls and is reported to have reached out to him.

Sidhu and his wife, Navjot Kaur, who is chief parliamentary secretary in Punjab, have made known their differences with the BJP-SAD government. The feud between Sidhu and Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia, brother-in-law of Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal, is also well known.

But lately, the BJP has been trying to reach out to him. When he was recently hospitalised, PM Narendra Modi wished him a quick recovery via Twitter.

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