Kejriwal says Navjyot Singh Sidhu needs time to think, did not set any pre-conditions for joining AAP

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday sought to scotch "rumours" on Navjot Singh Sidhu's possible induction in Aam Aadmi Party, saying the cricketer- turned-politician has not put any pre-condition and just needs "time to think".

Kejriwal said his respect for Sidhu, who met him last Friday at his residence, will continue irrespective of whether "he joins (AAP) or not".

Former BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu. PTI

Former BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu. PTI

Earlier, the AAP chief had said that talks of Sidhu becoming the party's face in Punjab were "premature".

"Wud Navjot Sidhu ji join AAP- lot of rumours? Its my duty to put forward our side. We have greatest greatest regard for this ckt legend. He met me last week."

"Didn't put any pre-condition. He needs time to think. Lets respect that. He is a v gud human being n a ckt legend. My respect for him wud continue whether he joins or not," Kejriwal said in a series of tweets.

Kejriwal's remarks, however, are in stark contrast to the buzz of Sidhu's imminent induction into the AAP after the 52-year-old resigned from his Rajya Sabha membership last month and lashed out at the BJP leadership alleging it wanted him to stay away from Punjab.

Reports claimed that the former Rajya Sabha MP has asked for a position no less than the chief minister, which turned out to be the main bottleneck for the AAP to include him in the party's fold.

"The party cannot give tickets to two from the same family. We had agreed to give a ticket to Sidhu's wife and also assured him that if she wins and AAP gets a majority, she will be made a minister," an AAP source was quoted saying.

AAP has been actively campaigning in Punjab for the upcoming assembly elections in 2017.

Updated Date: Aug 19, 2016 16:55 PM

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