1. Navjot Singh Sidhu’s Awaaz-e-Punjab might announce merger with Congress next week

Navjot Singh Sidhu’s Awaaz-e-Punjab might announce merger with Congress next week

In what might add up numbers for Congress in poll-bound Punjab, India Today reports that Navjot Singh Sidhu's Awaaz-e-Punjab might merge with Sonia Gandhi's party and the merger could be announced next week.

By: | Updated: October 13, 2016 12:07 PM
Navjot.reu.l Sidhu, after the launch of Awaaz-e-Punjab emphasised that his front was not political and was established for “the betterment of Punjab.”

In what might add up numbers for Congress in poll-bound Punjab, India Today reports that Navjot Singh Sidhu’s Awaaz-e-Punjab might merge with Sonia Gandhi’s party and the merger could be announced next week.

Sidhu, after the launch of Awaaz-e-Punjab emphasised that his front was not political and was established for “the betterment of Punjab.”

Meanwhile, suspended Akali Dal MLA Inderbir Singh Bolaria and former district chief of the party Upkar Singh Sandhu on Tuesday joined the Congress which said Navjot Singh Sidhu too was “welcome” to join hands with it.Replying to a query about the possibility of former BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu joining the Congress, Amarinder said, everyone was “welcome” to join the party “without any condition” and “whoever does so, would have to follow a certain discipline”.

He reiterated that Sidhu’s ‘Awaaz-e-Punjab’ front was “welcome” to merge with the Congress but ruled out the possibility of an alliance with it.

Earlier in September, Awaaz-e-Punjab decided to seek a pre-poll alliance with either Congress or Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Punjab. The front vowed to end the ‘Badal-Amarinder’ nexus in the state. When asked about the sudden change of heart regarding the Congress, Independent MLA Simarjit Singh Bains said, “Sidhu was categorical in saying he would work against the Amarinder-Badal nexus. He did not say anything against the Congress. Possibilities are immense. Just wait and watch.

when asked about the sudden change of heart regarding the Congress, Independent MLA Simarjit Singh Bains said, “Sidhu was categorical in saying he would work against the Amarinder-Badal nexus. He did not say anything against the Congress. Possibilities are immense. Just wait and watch.

Remarking on the discourse of Sidhu’s party, AAP’s Punjab Convenor Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi in September said, “I am smelling that it (Awaaz-e-Punjab) is bargaining with two political parties for getting best deal to work with.They want to see which party is giving it more weight. People are looking at them to see what this front wants and their action will throw light on their real motive”

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