According to current trends, a Congress victory in Punjab assembly elections looks imminent. Meanwhile, the former cricketer turned politician, Navjot Singh Sidhu has said that AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal uses his paid ‘Pappu’ gangs to troll people. Owing to the massive win in the state, Sidhu also said, “This is our New Year’s gift to Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Captain Amarinder Singh.” Meanwhile, celebrations have already begun in at Captain Amarinder Singh’s residence. It just so happens that the CM candidate also celebrates his birthday today. Sidhu added that people have broken the ego of the evil and supported the good.
Navjot Singh Sidhu is winning in Amritsar East but it remains to be seen if he will be included in the cabinet. Punjab has 117 assembly seats. To form a government a party needs to win 59 seats. Exit polls on Thursday predicted a big rout for the incumbent Akali Dal- BJP government and a close finish between the Congress and AAP, which makes its debut in assembly elections in the state. Navjyot Sidhu has sprung a surprise as it is by contesting the assembly polls. The expectations were that his wife Navjyot Kaur Sidhu would contest instead.
Navjyot Sidhu contested and is leading. Navjot Singh Sidhu, who joined the Congress days before the Punjab assembly elections, had junked exit poll predictions that say his party is in a neck and neck race with the Aam Aadmi Party for the number 1 spot in the state, where poll results are being announced. Sidhu had said, “The ground reality is very different, for voters per seat above 1.5 lakh you can’t decide on the basis of exit polls that have a 20,000 sample size.” He has predicted that Arvind Kejriwal’s “AAP will get around 40 seats and the Akali-BJP won’t get more than 10.” The Congress he reckons will win the rest.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal of the Akali Dal, which has along with ally BJP, ruled Punjab for the last 10 years, too said the exit polls have got it wrong. He said his alliance would win 72 seats in the state to be re-elected for a third straight term. Sidhu, who quit the BJP after a decade in the party last year, was in talks for weeks with Mr Kejriwal, who is also Delhi Chief Minister, to join AAP. Those negotiations failed reportedly over Mr Sidhu’s demand that he be projected as the party’s presumptive Chief Minister.