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Navjot Sidhu likely to join AAP next month as ‘star campaigner’

Sidhu, who had a long innings with the BJP in Punjab, has alleged that the party had asked him to stay away from Punjab to serve "personal interests".

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: July 28, 2016 7:49 pm
Navjot Singh Sidhu, sidhu, aam aadmi party, sidhu aap, kc tyagi, kc tuagi jdu, punjab aap, punjab assembly election, sidhu leaves bjp, sidhu rajya sabha nomination, punjab news, aap news, india news, latest news Former Rajya Sabha BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu had resigned from the Upper House on July 18 giving rise to the speculations about him joining Aam Aadmi Party

Navjot Singh Sidhu, who quit the Rajya Sabha earlier this month and fired uninterrupted salvos at the BJP for asking him to remain away from Punjab, is likely to join Aam Aadmi Party in the second week of August.

The 52-year-old former cricketer, who had a long innings with the BJP in Punjab, has alleged that the party had asked him to stay away from Punjab to serve “personal interests”.

Sources in the AAP said Sidhu will formally join the party next month, possibly in the second week of August.

He is likely to be inducted as a “star campaigner” ahead of the assembly polls next year.

AAP is giving a tough fight to the ruling BJP-SAD alliance and Congress in Punjab, and is hoping to cash in on Sidhu’s popularity to bolster its chances in the state election.

AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has welcomed Sidhu’s decision to quit Rajya Sabha as “brave” and has also called him a “nice” man.

Sidhu, however, has not disclosed his plans yet.

Earlier this week, he parried queries during a media interaction on whether he would join AAP, saying he will be standing wherever the interest of Punjab are served.

Sidhu has alleged he was told to remain away from Punjab to “serve personal interests,” apparently suggesting that the BJP was acting under ally Shiromani Akali Dal’s pressure.

Sidhu has had a running feud with the Akalis, who have accused him of “opportunists”. They have said that “fugitive” leaders like Sidhu have no place in state politics and people will teach him a lesson.

But BJP has maintained that Sidhu has not quit the party yet.

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    Srividya Jayaraman
    Jul 28, 2016 at 4:24 pm
    Finally sardars are not s. There are some.who are loyal.to Akali and they will still.vote.for them. So keep.dreaming
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      Kishore
      Jul 29, 2016 at 5:03 pm
      AAP truly cause khujli to saffron brigade.....at least they entertain they do not anise and kill people and do not make hate speeches to divide the country on the name of religion and caste. They must face that there will be BJP mukt Punjab and UP. Khujleeeee
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        Santhosh
        Jul 28, 2016 at 7:32 pm
        As we have a new entrant now there will be a heavy compeion between Kujli and Sidhu to prove who is a best entertainer
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        1. Anand Sudan
          Jul 28, 2016 at 6:05 pm
          By the time of Punjab polls , AAp will be in big trouble
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            Arvind
            Jul 28, 2016 at 3:03 pm
            AAP may get some extra votes after Sidhu joins AAP..Here AAP is going to be a winner and Navjot Sidhu will be loser as his divorce from BJP and start new life with Arvind Kejriwal will not be digested by those who love Sidhu as BJP leader.His condition will be like Bhagwan Mann MP.If AAP loses embly election in the hands of Congress or BJP-Akali Dal combination then Shidhu's public life will be more trouble some . His involvement in Murder case where he has already been punished for 3 years is due for hearing in SC at any time and it will be difficult for him to get acquired in SC if any Party other than AAP comes to power in Punjab .Akali Dal is definitely going to play its religion Card strongly and AAP/Congress may not withstand to BJP-Akali Combination. Some of the Congress Voters will go to AAP and that will help AD-BJP to win Punjab embly election easily. Navjot Singh Sidhu has to think thousand times before joining AAP. Public feels he should remain loyal to BJP which has given him fame and publicity.
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