Trust Navjot Singh Sidhu to deliver punch lines in poetry and recite shayari to decimate his political opponents. On Thursday, when the cricketer-turned-politician addressed a press conference in Chandigarh to unveil the roadmap for his newly-formed political front ‘Awaaz-e-Punjab’, he used his wit, as usual.
From the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which he nearly joined before changing his mind, to the Akali Dal and the BJP, Sidhu spared none.
Sidhu, who resigned as a Rajya Sabha member and left the BJP, has positioned his party as the fourth front for next year’s assembly polls in the state.
Here are a few of the dramatic statements that have all the traits of his famous Sidhuisms.
1. Speaking about the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), which he is trying to topple, the 52-year-old said that though “the government should be for the people but in Punjab it is all about one family”.
“Hai andhera bahut, kale badal cheer ke suraj nikalna chahiye, jaise bhi ho, ye mausam badalna chahiaye” (Dark clouds must part for the sun to shine bright, and the weather to turn pleasant) )
2. He also took a jab at the BJP, with which he parted ways this year.
“Yun jaa raheinh hain jaise humein jaante nahin, matlab nikal gaya hai to pehchaante nahin” (Walking by as if you don’t know me; you’ve shunned me after using me)
3. Sindhu heaped harsh criticism on Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, saying the AAP leader only wants only “yes men” around him. Sindhu claimed that he decided against joining AAP after Kejriwal allegedly asked him not to fight the upcoming Punjab polls in return of a ministerial position for his wife. And to drive home his point, Sidhu picked a popular song from the 1952 film Albela, sung by Chitalkar Ramchandra and Lata Mangeshkar,
“Bholi surat dil ke khote, naam bade aur darshan chhote” (Innocent face, conniving heart; such a big name, actually worth little)
4. Sidhu was equally critical of the SAD-BJP ruling combine and opposition Congress. And he used a colloquial saying in Punjab to indicate that they were opposite sides of the same coin.
They are playing a friendly match. Natha Singh and Prem Singh one and the same thing.
5. Sidhu also did not spare the “ageing” chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and Congress’ chief ministerial candidate Captain Amarinder Singh.
“Tere hussan ka hookah to kab ka bujh chukka, yeh to hum hee hain kee ab tak gudgudaye ja rahein hain “(The flames of your youth have long gone out. It is only me who is still trying to fan the embers)