A day after the Sidhus announced a “fourth” front, the AAP’s Punjab in-charge Sanjay Singh on Saturday said he was ready to talk to its leaders “for the sake of Punjab”.
Talking to The Sunday Express, Sanjay Singh said, “Punjab ko bachaane ke liye mein kuch bhi karne ke liye tyaar hu (I am ready to do anything to save Punjab). I have no ego. I am ready to talk to anyone.”
The party had been in talks with cricketer-turned-BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, suspended Akali MLA Pargat Singh and Independent Assembly legislator brothers Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains. However, with talks going nowhere, the four got together and announced the Awaz-e-Punjab on Friday, according to a poster shared by Navjot Kaur Sidhu, Amritsar (E) MLA.
The announcement comes in the wake of AAP sacking Sucha Singh Chhotepur as its Punjab convener. AAP, which hopes to tap into “anti-incumbency” factor and promising an alternative in Punjab’s polity thereby making the 2017 Assembly election a triangular contest, is now watching the development closely.
Sanjay Singh, however, said it was not clear if the front would actually take shape as Bains brothers and Navjot Kaur Sidhu were “singing different tunes”. “But I am ready to talk to anybody, out to save Punjab, on a common platform.” he said.
He added he would not invite them personally but if those leaders, who will fight the Badals, are willing to talk to AAP as as representatives of the front, then the party had no ego issues.
Sanjay Singh said he is confident that AAP will wrest 100 out of 117 seats in the state.
“The people would not spoil their vote. They would vote for the alternative to rout out Badals. If the front takes a shape, then they would cut Akalis votes only as these leaders have been fighting Badals,” he said.