Before announcing his next move, former BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu says he wants the Aam Admi Party (AAP) make it clear who his chief ministerial candidate for Punjab will be. After leaving has constituted his own Awaaz-e-Punjab (AEP) ‘party’. Speculations is that Sidhu has demanded the Chief Minister’s post for himself, but he is also talking to the Congress.
Assembly polls are due in Punjab early next year and AAP doesn’t want to leave any loopholes but talks between the two parties on a probable alliance have hit a road block as both sides are unable to agree on the terms of engagement.
“AAP offered Navjot the post of deputy chief minister but we need to know first whose deputy is he going to be? You decide on a CM face and then on the deputy CM. Not the other way round,” an AEP leader told.
AAP leaders, however, remain non-committal on the CM face and whether they will announce one at all. “We will take the decision at the right time, not because AEP wants us to announce it,” a senior AAP leader said.
AEP wants AAP to clear each and everything about polls, for instance -who will be the CM face, promises to be made, cabinet and even important portfolios and portfolios for AEP leaders.
“AAP is focusing on winning the election in Punjab whereas we want to know what the government will deliver after the elections,” the AEP leader said. Parties are also in the cross-sword situation on seat sharing, while AAP has offered five seats to AEP leaders, AEP has asked for nearly 30 seats. Important posts in AEP are been headed by Navjot Sidhu, his wife Navjot Kaur, Balwinder Bains, Simarjeet Bains and Pargat Singh.