Navjot Sidhu forms 'new' political front

Chandigarh, (IANS) Former BJP parliamentarian Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday floated a new political front ‘Awaaz-e-Punjab’ online – putting an end to all speculation of his joining the Aam Aadmi Party. Hockey Olympian and Punjab’s ruling Shiromani Akali Dal legislator Pargat Singh and two Independent legislators, Balwinder Singh Bains and Simarjit Singh Bains, have also joined hands with Sidhu. The ‘Awaaz-e-Punjab’ — a political front not a party — will be formally launched next week in Chandigarh, party insiders said. They were featured in a poster, also posted on Pargat Singh’s Facebook post. They announced the political front to contest Punjab assembly elections, slated early next year. Former captain of the Indian hockey team Pargat Singh, the sitting Akali Dal legislator from Jalandhar Cantt assembly seat, was placed under suspension along with another Akali legislator Inderbir Singh Bolaria for “anti-party activities” on July 19. “Pargat Singh, Bains brothers and we have formed a fourth alternative,” Navjot Kaur Sidhu, wife of the cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Sidhu, told IANS. Sidhu had resigned from the Rajya Sabha on July 18, sparking off speculation that he may join the AAP. Aam Aadmi Party’s state unit recently sacked chief Sucha Singh Chottepur, and its suspended Member of Parliament Dharamvir Gandhi are likely to join the front along with AAP and Akali Dal rebels. Simranjit Bains said the front would contest on all 117 seats of Punjab.     // ]]>