Ravinder Vasudeva, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar, Spurning the trouble-torn Aam Aadmi Party, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu and
hockey player-turned-MLA Pargat Singh have joined hands to float a party, the Awaaz-e-Punjab, with Ludhiana-based Independent MLAs and brothers Simarjeet Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains.
This was decided after a meeting of the four in Delhi on Thursday.
The move comes a fortnight after Sidhu, a former Amritsar BJP MP, met Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal. While Sidhu kept everyone guessing on whether he was joining the AAP amid a studied silence from the BJP, Pargat, the Jalandhar Cantonment MLA, was placed under suspension by the Shiromani Akali Dal recently for taking on the party leadership over corruption and nepotism.
Confirming the development, Pargat shared a poster of the party showing Sidhu, the Bains brothers and himself in arms.Pargat, who played a key role in bringing Sidhu and the Ludhiana brothers together, said the former BJP leader wanted to give a “strong and credible” alternative to the people of Punjab.
“Nothing more can be said at this stage,” he said.
AAP TURMOIL FALLOUT
Earlier, it was considered certain that Pargat would be joining the AAP after attending the Punjab assembly session slated to begin on September 8.
However, the recent turmoil in the AAP following the removal of its state convener Sucha Singh Chottepur led Pargat to take the initiative to launch a new front.
“This is just the beginning. We have discussed the strategy on how to go ahead. Many other credible faces are in touch with us,” Pargat added.