In a bid to score votes for the upcoming assembly elections in Punjab, reports suggest that Congress has offered Navjot Singh Sidhu the post of Deputy Chief Minister is the party wins in the polls. Sources close to Sidhu hinted that Congress is willing to promise the “number two” post to former cricketer, who recently floated his own political front, Awaaz-e-Punjab.
According to sources, the proposal has also been confirmed by Congress. Earlier in October, India Today reported that Sidhu’s Awaaz-e-Punjab might announce a merger with Congress in this week.
Meanwhile, Senior Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh, who is also the president of the state party unit backtracked on Friday on his earlier statement that from cricketer and co-founder of political front Aawaaz-e-Punjab Navjot Singh was welcome to the party. While speaking to the India Today on Friday, the former Punjab chief minister said that he had not met Sidhu for years. He added that anybody who wants to join the party from any party is most welcome, but has to join the party believing in party’s ideologies and without any conditions.
Previously, 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.”
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.”