Sidhu hits out, says Ke­jri did not want him to con­test polls

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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Ke­jri­wal wants only “yes men”, crick­eter­turned-politi­cian Navjot Singh Sidhu al­leged on Thurs­day, say­ing the Delhi chief min­is­ter asked him to not fight the up­com­ing Pun­jab polls in re­turn for a min­is­te­rial po­si­tion for his wife.

At the launch of his new po­lit­i­cal fo­rum Awaaz-e-Pun­jab, Sidhu said his dra­matic res­ig­na­tion from the Ra­jya Sabha in July had noth­ing to do with Ke­jri­wal, quash­ing months of spec­u­la­tion about him join­ing the AAP. “Ke­jri­wal told me don’t fight elec­tions, ask your wife to con­test will make her a min­is­ter. I said Sat Sri Akal (good­bye),” Sidhu told re­porters.

“Ke­jri­wal ji tweeted about meet­ing me, but he said half truth. Let me com­plete it. My res­ig­na­tion from the Ra­jya Sabha had noth­ing Navjot Singh Sidhu (right) with Pun­jab MLA Par­gat Singh after they an­nounced the Awaz-e-Pun­jab party on Thurs­day.

to do with Ke­jri­wal ji.”

The three-time MP from Am­rit­sar has joined hands with three top voices against the state’s rul­ing Shi­ro­mani Akali Dal-BJP al­liance -- for­mer In­dia hockey cap­tain and suspended Akali MLA Par­gat Singh and Lud­hi­ana-based pow­er­ful in­de­pen­dent state law­mak­ers and broth­ers Si­mar­jeet and Bal­winder Singh Bains.

He re­peat­edly at­tacked the rul­ing Badal fam­ily, which he held re­spon­si­ble for putting the state in “dire straits”. “The govern­ment should be for the peo­ple but in Pun­jab it is all about one fam­ily,” the for­mer crick­eter said.

Pun­jab goes to the polls early next year and the AAP and Congress are look­ing to end a decade-long rule by the Badals.

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