Sidhu didn’t put any pre-condition, he needs time to think: Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal said he would continue to respect Navjot Singh Sidhu irrespective of him joining the party

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 19, 2016 9:51 am
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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal sought to put an end to the speculations surrounding the purported joining of former BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu into his party.

Earlier today, Kejriwal wrote on Twitter that Sidhu has not put forward any pre-condition prior to his joining the AAP ranks. “He needs time to think. Let’s respect that,” he said. The AAP leader confirmed that he had met Sidhu last week and added he would continue to respect him irrespective of him joining the party.

Confusion prevails on the status of Sidhu, who relinquished his Rajya Sabha seat last month but is yet to officially resign from the BJP. The AAP has been courting him ahead of crucial Assembly elections in Punjab. Sidhu, a former Lok Sabha MP from Amritsar, had said the BJP told him to stay away from the state, which was clearly not agreeable to him. Sidhu has, time and again, criticised the Akali leadership in Punjab, an ally of the BJP.

Ever since his Rajya Sabha resignation, rumours have swirled on Sidhu’s entry into the AAP and even being nominated as the party’s chief ministerial candidate in Punjab. In fact, sources told The Indian Express that Sidhu wanted a ticket for him and his wife, which was not acceptable to the AAP leadership. The AAP constitution states that two members of a family cannot be given tickets for an election.

The AAP has not declared a chief ministerial candidate yet but has announced its Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann as the chairman of the campaign committee. The party has also released its first list of 19 candidates for the state elections.

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