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Sidhu’s Political Innings on Hold: AAP Not Keen to Make Him CM?

With the innings with AAP on hold, what does the future look like for cricketer-turned-politician Sidhu?

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The confusion over Sidhu’s joining the AAP continues. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)

Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh’s contemplated innings with the AAP seem to be on hold at the moment.The reason for this being differences between the two on declaring the former batsman as the face of the assembly elections in 2017.

This followed suit after Sidhu had resigned from the Rajya Sabha on 18 July, exactly a month ago.

Since then, speculations of his joining the AAP have been doing the round. If sources are to be believed, Sidhu wanted tickets for both himself and his wife along with 14 other close associates. This AAP was not keen on.

Nothing, however, has been confirmed by Sidhu as of now.

Congress members from Punjab, on the other hand, claimed that they had a word with Sidhu on Wednesday and that he was welcome to join the party.

But Sidhu’s wife and BJP’s Amritsar (east) MLA Navjot Kaur Sidhu had told that he was more keen on AAP and would not join Congress.
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Cricketer-turned-BJP politician Navjot Singh Sidhu evaded questions about his future after resignation. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
Cricketer-turned-BJP politician Navjot Singh Sidhu evaded questions about his future after resignation. (Photo: The Quint)

After resigning, Sidhu told the reporters that he had accepted the Rajya Sabha nomination only on the behest of the Prime Minister for Punjab’s welfare but things didn’t go as per plan.

With the closure of every window leading to Punjab, the purpose stands defeated. It is now a mere burden, I prefer not to carry it.
Navjot Singh Sidhu

Sources claim that the Sidhu couple had met AAP Chief Kejriwal at his residence on Friday evening. “He is still welcome to join us and we will wait for his response,” said Durgesh Pathak, AAP’s organisational in-charge.

BJP also seems to be in communication with the Sidhus.

Our channel of communication is still open with Navjot Kaur. She discussed several projects in her constituency with me just this morning.
Vijay Sampla, Punjab BJP chief and Union minister

(With inputs from The Times of India)

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