Will Navjot Singh Sidhu’s googly for BJP, actually prove to be a bouncer that AAP cannot handle? Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers and workers, it seems, are not happy with the party’s likely move to induct the former cricketer. According to an Indian Express report, an internal survey cum exercise undertaken by AAP in as many as 26 places in Punjab has yielded that party workers at the ground level are not impressed with Navjot Singh Sidhu. Some workers are even believed to have expressed resentment on the news. Opinions of AAP’s ground level workers are being sent to party chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. The party it seems does not want to make any move ahead of the Punjab polls that will dissatisfy the people who have worked at the state level.
The reservations from AAP workers come soon after AAP’s Punjab committee chief Kanwar Sandhu said that Sidhu would have to adapt himself according to party and its principles. Sandhu also cautioned that Sidhu’s entry into AAP should not affect the morale of the party cadre. In the video Sandhu wondered whether Sidhu, who has widely been seen as someone who professes Hindutva, may actually cause the party’s secular credentials to take a hit.
AAP workers’ apprehensions come even as Kejriwal and some other senior leaders in AAP have lauded Sidhu’s decision to quit from his post of Rajya Sabha MP. They have also said that Sidhu is welcome to join the party, if he wishes. Earlier this week Sidhu shocked everyone in the political circles by resigning from Rajya Sabha. It is still not clear whether he has quit BJP or not, though his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu has said that the decision to give up Rajya Sabha membership is as good as exiting from the party. She has also said that with Sidhu wanting to focus on the development of Punjab, AAP is the only option for the leader.