Congress Rajya Sabha member Partap Singh Bajwa, who has all along been batting for cricketer-turned–politician and Awaaz-e-Punjab front leader Navjot Singh Sidhu’s inclusion into the party, said the much speculated move may come on the auspicious day of Diwali.
Talking to the media at Congress leader Inderpal Singh Dhanna’s residence here on Tuesday, he said Sidhu’s coming onboard the party would seal Congress’ victory in the assembly elections.
“Air accidents are rare, yet we opt for a travel insurance policy. The Congress is all set for a comeback in Punjab, but if we take along popular leaders, including Sidhu, it would be an added bonus to the parry,” said Bajwa. Joining hands with Sidhu-led Awaaz-e-Punjab will prevent division of anti-Akali votes, he said. “It’s always beneficial to take along wise people,” the former Punjab Congress chief said.
“The Congress stock had risen considerably in the recent past while the Aam Aadmi Party’s graph had sunk like Bhakra Dam’s water level,” he said, adding that apart from its other drawbacks, the AAP did not have a Sikh face to project as a chief ministerial candidate which was necessary to woo the majority Sikh voters of the state.
He said AAP national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal may deny it, but he was seeking a backdoor entry into Punjab. “It’s up to the people to decide if they want a stable, experienced and development-oriented party or a pack of liars,” said Bajwa.
He said on coming to power, the Congress would put SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal, and ministers Bikram Singh Majithia , Tota Singh and Adaish Partap Singh Kairon behind bars as they had “cheated” and “looted” the state. “We will set up inquiry commission and punish those who have driven farmers to suicides by selling them spurious seeds and fertilisers and have pilfered food grains,” he added.
He said the SAD and the BJP had lost ground and both would be sent packing by the public in the coming elections. “The Badals failed to get a special package from Prime Minister Narendra Modi they crowed about. So people will force them to leave the state lock, stock and barrel,” he said.