Sidhu changing party again

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 6/5/2020 1:00:38 AM

NEW DELHI, Jun 4: Cricketer-turned-TV entertainer-turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu (56), who fell out with Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh as a cabinet minister, is contemplating to change the party once again. He is tipped to join Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and he may be declared its chief ministerial candidate in advance to take on the captain in the Assembly polls due in 2022.
Twice a BJP MP, Sidhu joined the Congress ahead of the Punjab Assembly elections in 2017 and became a cabinet minister. The chief minister, who never concealed his dislike for Sidhu's political posturing, showed him the door and since then he has not been active in the Congress.
AAP sources say poll strategist Prashant Kishor, who had helped Amarinder Singh to oust the Akali Dal government in Punjab, persuaded Sidhu to join AAP, telling him how his future in the Congress is shut. Kishor spoke to Kejriwal and secured his nod to Sidhu's only demand to make him the party's CM candidate.
Punjab AAP President Bhagwant Singh Mann (46), a second term MP, has tried many times to lure Sidhu to join his party. Under his leadership, AAP became the second largest party with 20 seats in the Punjab Assembly as against 77 of the 117 Assembly seats won by the Congress. The ruling alliance of Akali Dal and BJP ended up with just 18 seats -- 15 to Akalis and 3 to BJP.



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