With Navjot Singh Sidhu pulling out from floating a political outfit, the Congress and the AAP has finally heaved a sigh of relief.
Sidhu’s political outfit was being perceived as another option for voters that could have divided the anti-incumbency vote, thereby favouring the SAD-BJP alliance.
Although state Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh allayed the fears saying that the front won’t affect his party’s chances in the upcoming assembly polls, however, sources within the Congress said that it was being feared that those candidates who didn’t get any tickets may switch sides and join the front. The Congress which is in the process of choosing its candidates, has received over 1,600 applications for the 117 assembly segments and are set to distribute the tickets.
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“It was certainly an option for rebels. Concerns were being raised internally as most of them would get a platform to flex their muscles and go against the party. We are relieved now,” said a senior party leader praying anonymity.
The AAP has already faced a lot of opposition after it released its two lists comprising 32 candidates. Voices of discontent were also heard from across the state with senior leader Sucha Singh Chhotepur raising a banner of revolt against the party leadership. After his ouster, the former state convener was also considering being a part of the front.
Though AAP stayed away from commenting on the development publicly, the party is celebrating that the front could not take any shape.
However, their relief may be short lived as AAP’s suspended Member of Parliament, Dr Dharamvira Gandhi is still working towards launching a political outfit. It is learnt that he is planning to organise a roundtable on the issue on September 25 in Chandigarh and is likely to invite Bains brothers, Simarjit Singh and Balwinder Singh and SAD’s suspended MLA Pargat Singh.
Confirming the development, Prof Manjit Singh, president of Punjab Democratic Party said that all those who want to empower people should joins hands together. Denying that he has not received any invitation for the roundtable meet, Balwinder Singh Bains said, “We will take a decision as and when we get the invitation.”