Sidhu met party president Rahul Gandhi and general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Delhi last week to apprise them about the situation in the state. The meeting took place days after CM Singh divested him of the crucial local government and tourism and cultural affairs departments.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of Arvind Kejriwal has invited Congress leader and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu to join the party. The invitation comes in the midst of an ongoing tussle between Punjab Cheif Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and Sidhu.
AAP leader Harpal Singh Cheema on Saturday said that the right party for the cricketer-turned-politician is Aam Aadmi Party.
“AAP is the correct party for Navjot Singh Sidhu because he will be able to breathe openly and express whatever he wants. We welcome him. Arvind ji is also ready,” Singh said.
Sidhu and Amarinder Singh are the loggerheads for the last one year. Singh had expressed his displeasure publicly over Sidhu’s decision to visit Pakistan to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Imran Khan as the Prime Minister and hugging Pakistan Army Chief. Since then, Singh has been targeting Sidhu for having a soft corner for his friend Imran and defaming the party.
After the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections, Singh said that Sidhu’s alleged pro-Pakistan stand was one of the factors for Congress’ drubbing.
Earlier this month, Sidhu was divested of local government, tourism and cultural affairs portfolios and given power and new and renewable energy sources department. According to the Chief Minister, Sidhu couldn’t accelerate the implementation of the Congress government’s flagship programmes. Sidhu was also left out of the eight consultative groups constituted by Singh. These consultative groups have been mandated to review the performance of the development programmes and give recommendations to improve them.
In 2016 when Sidhu left the BJP, speculation was rife in political circles that he may join the AAP. Sidhu had even held discussions with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal but he didn’t join the party. Later, Sidhu joined the Congress party and contested from Amritsar East Assembly seat. His wife Navjot Kaur was a minister in the previous SAD-BJP government in the state.
Meanwhile, Sidhu met party president Rahul Gandhi and general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Delhi last week to apprise them about the situation in the state. The meeting took place days after CM Singh divested him of the crucial local government and tourism and cultural affairs departments.