Navjot Singh Sidhu is reportedly in the last stage of talks to merge his Awaaz-e-Punjab front with the Congress. This sounds interesting for a joke but not for Sidhu’s credibility, which is on a downward journey ever since he left the BJP.
In the last three-four months, Sidhu has made so many flip-flops that even his hardcore fan would be startled by now.
After leaving the BJP, Sidhu made it apparent that he was looking for the best political opportunity in poll-bound Punjab. However, his initial attempts to get into AAP or Congress on his terms and conditions failed and he launched a political front Awaaz-e-Punjab.
Sidhu had said that Awaaz-e-Punjab was merely a political front, not a political party. The real motive of the front became clear when just a week after the announcement of Awaaz-e-Punjab, he started talks with both the Congress and the AAP for partnership.
HT had reported on September 27 that Sidhu and his aides were negotiating with AAP and Congress for the best deal.
The report said that the Congress had deputed poll strategist Prashant Kishor to talk to Sidhu.
On October 10, Punjab Congress had said they were open to merger not alliance with the Awaaz-e-Punjab.
With the talks now reportedly in the final stages, the formation of Awaaz-e-Punjab presents itself is a curious case of political opportunism. Did Sidhu form his own front so that he would be in a better position to make a deal with other parties?
Considering there was no political future of Awaaz-e-Punjab, it is not much difficult to find an answer to the first question. Another question, however, remains. If people of the state would trust Sidhu if he fights Assembly election next year on a Congress ticket?