Chandigarh Jalandhar: Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu had a meeting with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national organizing secretary Durgesh Pathak recently after having talks with Congress party.
According to sources said that if Kejriwal and Co formed the government in Punjab after the assembly elections in early 2017, then AAP will offer the former opening batsman the post of deputy chief minister in Punjab.
The sources further added, there was also a discussion of Sidhu’s front contesting elections in alliance with AAP.
Senior AAP leaders refused to comment on the offer made in the middle of the negotiations.
But in the past AAP leaders, including MP Bhagwant Mann and Punjab convener Gurpreet Singh ‘Ghuggi’ Waraich have insisted that their constitution doesn’t allow an alliance and only merger can take place.
The meeting reportedly lasted for about an hour. Awaaz-e-Punjab has been negotiating with both Congress and AAP.
Congress is ready to induct Sidhu and other members, but AAP may find it difficult to offer tickets to both Sidhu and his wife Navjot Kaur due to the one-family-one-ticket policy.
Sources added that other members of Sidhu’s front – the Bains brothers from Ludhiana, Simarjit and Balwinder, are believed to be more inclined towards AAP.
The two had opened a channel of communication with AAP even before Sidhu had left BJP.