The suspense is over. Navjot Singh is not joining the Aam Aadmi Party or the Congress. He will lead a new political party in Punjab, where assembly elections will be held early next year.
The party will be launched by September 9; its name will be announced later.
The cricketer-turned-politician’s wife, Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who is a BJP lawmaker in the Punjab Assembly, shared a bright poster that reads “Awaz-e-Punjab” or Voice of Punjab.
It features Mr Sidhu dressed all in black and flanked by former hockey great and his close friend Pargat Singh and two independent lawmakers and brothers from Ludhiana, Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains.
Pargat Singh, who shared the poster on Facebook too, is on his way out of Punjab’s ruling Akali Dal.
Simarjit Bains told NDTV that Navjot Singh Sidhu will be the presumptive chief minister of the new party. “We are in talks with all like-minded people to form a non-Akali, non-Congress and non-AAP political front,” he said.
Among those they have contacted is Sucha Singh Chhotepur, recently sacked by the Aam Aadmi Party as its Punjab chief. He has been supported by several zonal leaders of AAP and is said to be in the process of setting up his own party.
Mr Sidhu had walked out of the BJP in July and was in talks to join Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party for weeks. Those talks reportedly floundered over Mr Sidhu’s demand that he be projected as the party’s candidate for chief minister.
A Congress invitation to Mr Sidhu was a non-starter, with Mrs Sidhu publicly nixing Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh’s offer to the couple to join.