Navjot Singh Sidhu is set to launch his own party Awaaz-e-Punjab along with hockey player-turned-politician Pargat Singh and the Bains brothers, Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains, reported CNN-News18 on Friday.
Along with Pargat Singh & Bains brothers we have formed a front, this will be against those working against Punjab: Navjot Kaur Sidhu (ANI)
— News18 (@CNNnews18) September 2, 2016
"Aawaaz-e-Punjab" poster says the front to "raise voice against those who have destroyed Punjab" pic.twitter.com/0tAT0OMQiD
— ANI (@ANI_news) September 2, 2016
Independent MLA Simarjit Singh Bains, talking about the decision to float a new party Aawaaz-e-Punjab with Sidhu taking the lead, told CNN-News18 that Sidhu is passionate about politics and is pained to see the current drug abuse problem in Punjab. Bains said that he is confident that the people of Punjab will support them.
After Sidhu resigned from the Rajya Sabha in July there were reports suggesting that the erstwhile BJP MP will join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and become the party's chief ministerial candidate in poll-bound Punjab. In his resignation letter, Sidhu said there was closure of every window. "At behest of PM, I had accepted RS nomination for welfare of Punjab. With closure of every window leading to Punjab the purpose stands defeated, now a mere burden. I prefer not to carry it," he had said.
On the first day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, Gurdeep Singh Sappal, OSD to Vice-President Hamid Ansari tweeted:
Navjot Singh Siddhu, nominated member, resigns from Rajya Sabha.
— Gurdeep Singh Sappal (@gurdeepsappal) July 18, 2016
AAP has been actively campaigning in Punjab for the upcoming Assembly elections in 2017. Delhi Chief Minister and party chief Arvind Kejriwal too visited the Harmandar Sahib in Punjab early Monday to offer his apology by performing voluntary service after the party's 'Youth Manifesto' carried a picture of the Golden Temple, along with the AAP election symbol: A broom.
Even as speculation has been rife about Sidhu joining the AAP, the former Rajya Sabha MP had reportedly asked for a position no less than the chief minister, which might have turned out to be the main bottleneck for the AAP to include him in the party's fold.