Par­ties back to woo­ing Sidhu, AAP of­fers deputy CM’s post


Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Chitleen K Sethi and Vishal Ram­bani

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.

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