THE FOUR four key members of Awaaz-e-Punjab will hold a meeting in the coming days in order to decide whether the forum will seek an alliance with Congress or AAP. Speaking to mediapersons here today, Simarjeet Singh Bains, an independent MLA from Ludhiana and member of the forum, said, “We shall have a meeting in a day or two to take a call on alliance,”. According to Bains, Navjot Sidhu is expected to come to Ludhiana in a day or two and the meeting might take place in Ludhiana itself.
Bains said he had sought time from Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for meeting to discuss with him an issue pertaining to water. “I came to meet the CM in Chandigarh today. But when I reached here I came to know he was unwell,” said Bains. “I will try to meet him once he recovers from illness,” he said.
Awaaz-e-Punjab is considering forging an alliance either with Congress or Aam Aadmi Party for the coming elections while ruling out the possibility of joining any fourth front so as not to play “spoilsport” by dividing anti-incumbency votes. However, Bains has said the front would not align with Amarinder Singh-led Congress in Punjab.
“Amarinder is hand-in-glove with the Badals, his dubious, behind-the-curtain deals with the Badals are an open secret. There is no question of betraying the people of Punjab. Politics is a mission not a profession. This is a war between right and wrong. We will be on the right side and back Punjab,”Bains had earlier said in a statement.
Former Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu had announced a few days back that he would not float a party to contest the upcoming Punjab Assembly election, as he did not wish to play “spoilsport” by dividing anti-incumbency votes. Sidhu had said they had decided against forming a political party as it is too short a time to prepare for polls, but added they are were to “alliance” for betterment of Punjab.