The speculation over cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu’s political move in Punjab which is going on polls next year is likely to be over. He is likely to meet Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today. Terms of the pact on the merger of Awaaz-e-Punjab (AeP) into the Congress is likely to be discussed during the meeting.
The meeting will just be between Rahul Gandhi and Navjot Singh Sidhu. Even though there is no likelyhood of Sidhu joining the party on Wednesday, the announcement is expected later this week, the HT has quoted sources as saying. After he resigned from the Rajya Sabha in July, Sidhu quit from the BJP on September 15 and floated AeP along with the Bains brothers, renegade Akali MLA and former hockey Olympian Pargat Singh.
After his resignation from the Rajya Sabha in July, Sidhu quit the BJP on September 15 and floated the AeP with an eye on the Punjab assembly elections early next year. The former Amritsar MP had since been bargaining hard with the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress. With eye on Assembly polls, both parties have been courting him not only in the hope to gain from his star appeal but tough stand against Parkash Singh Badal family.
Sidhu’s outfit got a shock last Monday, when Bains brothers broke ranks from AeP and forged an alliance with the AAP. Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh, who too is in Delhi today said he was not aware about any talks with Sidhu.