Reacting to former BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu announcement that he does not intend to float any political party but is open for an alliance to break the ‘Amarinder-Badal’ nexus, AAP’s Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann said that any party can merge with AAP, but an alliance is not possible as the party’s constitution doesn’t allow it to do so.
“Any party or any front can give us outside support and in that case no leader from the front can contest the elections as per the constitution of our party,” he said.
Mann made this remark in Sangrur Thursday while interacting with the media on the sidelines of his village level meetings.
Welcoming Sidhu’s decision not to play a spoilsport in the assembly elections and not to confuse the voters, Mann said, “I welcomed
Sidhu even at the time when he had announced to form his independent front and even now the party welcomes his decision. However, we are pretty much clear that we are not ready for an alliance with any party. But anyone is free to give us outer support.”
Questioning Sidhu’s pro-Punjab interests, Mann said, “The former MP has all of a sudden become serious about Punjab’s interests while in the past 3 years he was seen laughing only on TV shows. The public also knows who can actually work for Punjab.”
“Former Congress leader Jagmeet Brar has also extended outer support to AAP and we have made it clear that he will not contest any election, nor he will share any stage with us. We welcome his support to the party. He can run his independent campaign to support us, but he will not be given a ticket from any constituency.”
‘Sidhu in touch with Delhi leadership’
AAP leader Sukhpal Singh Khera said that Navjot Singh Sidhu is in touch with the party high command and nothing can be ruled out.
There is suspense over Sidhu’s future course of action after he announced that he would not form any political party.
Addressing a press conference in Amritsar Thursday, Khera said, “Sidhu has been in touch with the Delhi leadership and nothing can be ruled out. In his statement, he has said that he is ready to join any political outfit other than the ones headed by Captain Amarinder Singh and Parkash Singh Badal. So the only option left is AAP.” “Bains brothers and Pargat Singh are all leaders with a clean image and there should be no problem if they come along,” Khera said.