Parties back to wooing Sidhu, AAP offers deputy CM’s post
CHANDIGARH/PATIALA: Political pundits had almost written off cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Sidhu as a game-changer in the Punjab polls, but the former Test opener is now facing a problem of plentywith boththeCongress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) offering him deals.
SourcesclosetoSidhusaidAAP has offered him the post of deputy chief minister if the party comes to power, besides two ministerial berths and five MLA tickets — including one for his wife Navjot KaurSidhu—tohisnewlyformed outfit, the Awaaz-e-Punjab.
Thoughtheclaimwasdeniedby The Aam Aadmi Party’s interest in former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu (in pic) was rekindled when national convener Arvind Kejriwal’s recent visit to Punjab failed to generate the kind of response they expected
Ankit Lal, who heads AAP’s information technology wing, none of the other party leaders in the state wanted to comment on the matter.
The Congress, for its part, offered Sidhu a Lok Sabha seat, sixassemblyseatstohisoutfit,and a cabinet berth for his wife were the party to win.
While AAP sent its national organisation-building in-charge Durgesh Pathak to strike a deal withSidhuonWednesdayevening, the Congress reportedly got in touch with him through senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad the following morning.