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Action-packed Thursday: Sidhu to formally launch front; Kejriwal too in Punjab

punjab Updated: Sep 07, 2016 20:36 IST
Navjot Sidhu

Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu.(HT File Photo)

Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu will formally announce a new political front ‘Awaaz-e-Punjab’ here on Thursday. The former BJP MP had on September 2 floated the new political front online. It will contest the Punjab assembly elections, slated for early next year.

Other members of the new front include former Indian hockey team captain Pargat Singh, a legislator of Punjab’s ruling Shiromani Akali Dal, and two independent legislators, Balwinder Singh Bains and Simarjeet Singh Bains.

“A press conference will be addressed by Sidhu on Thursday along with Pargat Singh and Bains brothers,” Simarjeet Bains said here on Wednesday.

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With the formal launch of the new political outfit, Sidhu is likely to put an end to all speculation of his joining the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Meanwhile, AAP supremo and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is also in Punjab the same day and will meet party volunteers, workers, including those who are “angry over not getting party tickets”, amid “growing voices of rebel” and allegations of exploitation of women which could threaten to derail the party’s prospects in high-stake 2017 state polls.

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Pargat Singh was last month suspended from the Akali Dal for “anti-party” activities. Sidhu had resigned from the Rajya Sabha on July 18, fuelling speculation that he may join the AAP. The Bains brothers, who had fallen out with the Akali Dal top leadership three years ago, have significant influence in Ludhiana district. Elections to 117 assembly seats are likely to be held in January or early February next year.