Amidst continuing suspense over Navjot Singh Sidhu’s joining a new political party, his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu on Thursday said that the former cricketer was in the US.
Kaur said that the family was yet to decide on joining the Aam Aadmi Party.
Jantakareporter.com had exclusively reported how the talks between Sidhu and AAP had broken down after Kejriwal reportedly refused to oblige two of Sidhu’s demands.
Kejriwal too had later confirmed holding talks with the former India cricketer adding that the latter had sought more time to make up his mind.
Kaur told Times of India, “Sidhu is away in US for a motivational lecture with a corporate firm. His primary job is that. We are yet to take a final call on joining any party.”
Close AAP sources told jantakareporter.com that the party was in ‘absolutely no mood’ to even consider giving ticket to Sidhu ‘let alone making him the chief ministerial face.’
According to a top source, Sidhu has been adamant for a ticket both for himself and his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu.
“Mr Sidhu wants ticket for himself and his wife. He also wants us to project him as our chief ministerial candidate. While we would happily make Navjot Kaur ji as our candidate in next year’s assembly elections, we simply can’t oblige Sidhu ji as we are helpless.”
According to AAP’s constitution, no two family members can contest elections on the party’s ticket. Sidhu being a convict is also something Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is learnt to have expressed his strong reservations about.
“The other reason why we simply can’t give ticket to Sidhu ji is because of his convicted credential. Where’s the question of making him our CM’s face in Punjab when we can’t even allocate a ticket to contest the election, ” said a top party source.
Kaur added, “My husband will return soon. Whatever decision we have to take, it will be announced by him.”
Congress’s Punjab chief Captain Amarinder had earlier said, “He (Sidhu) is a wellknown personality and has an eminent role to play in politics. I have made an offer. I can tell you Sidhu has Congress in his DNA. I have known him since he was a little boy. His father Sardar Bhagwant Singh ji was district president in my hometown Patiala and then he became an advocate general during Darbara Singh’s government in Punjab. Besides, his mother was a three-time MLA from Patiala.”