For those who were writing the epitaph of Navjot Singh Sidhu his plans of floating a new political front ahead of Punjab polls has come as a surprise. With a new front which talks of a cut above the rest approach, Sidhhu and his team has managed to hit the rod when the iron is hot.
Speaking to newsmen, earlier hockey legend Pargat Singh who is part of the front said when a player on field can hit five goals in last few seconds then anything can happen off field as well. Awaaz e Punjab has clearly shaken up the political scene in Punjab for now.
The cricketer-turned-politician will announce details of the front on Thursday, September 8. The news first became public when Navjot Kaur Sidhu shared a glimpse of the front in a poster.
Sidhu has teamed up with former hockey great and his close friend Pargat Singh and two independent lawmakers, brothers from Ludhiana, Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains.
Pargat is on his way out of Punjab’s ruling Akali Dal.
If all is in place Navjot Singh Sidhu will be the presumptive chief minister of the new party. It will be a non Akali, non Congress and non AAP political front.
Sidhu had walked out of the BJP in July and was in talks for weeks to join Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party. His demand to be made CM however did not gel well with AAP.
Even in the case of Congress Sidhu was not too keen.
In a state where Congress appeared to have lost ground and Aam Aadmi Party gained strength , the dynamics have changed.
AAP entering the scene was seen as significant as Punjab was where it got all its four Lok Sabha members. Traditional rivals Congress and SAD-BJP, had been swapping power since 1966.
Those in the know say that the core quartet in Awaz e Punjab wields immense influence in Ludhiana and that could be of help.The new front will contest all 117 Assembly constituencies.
Experts opine this could very well turn it into a four cornered contest.
Party of Outsiders tag is something that has bothered AAP for a while now. The party has been going through a series of crisis starting with rebellion and consequent expulsion.
In July, when Sidhu resigned from the Rajya Sabha, it was assumed he would become the AAP’s CM candidate or star campaigner.