Amid speculations of Navjot Singh Sidhu joining the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) after resigning from his Rajya Sabha membership, the party’s Punjab convener, Sucha Singh Chhotepur, said on Thursday even if the cricketer-turned-politician joins the party, he will not be contesting the 2017 assembly polls.
Addressing a press conference, Chhotepur said this fact has been made clear by Sidhu’s wife, Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, as well as the party’s national convener, Arvind Kejriwal, who has said the former Amritsar MP will only campaign for the party. Praising Sidhu, the AAP state convener said it takes courage to resign and raise voice against wrongdoings of the government that you are a part of.
Indicating that the Sidhu couple was in touch with the AAP leadership in the past too, Chhotepur claimed Bharatiya Janata Party state legislator Dr Navjot Kaur had met Kejriwal in Delhi four months back.
Also showering praises on suspended Shiromani Akali Dal legislator Pargat Singh, Chhotepur said: “I consider Pargat Singh to be a good and honest man. If he wishes to join us, I will talk to the party leaders.”
Chhotepur also said the decision to announce the party’s chief ministerial candidate ahead of the assembly polls will be taken by the central leadership.