July 19, 2016 9:54:24 pm
Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, who recently resigned from the Rajya Sabha, is likely to join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) next month, while top AAP sources told ANI that he might not contest the Punjab assembly elections in 2017.
According to sources, both Sidhu and his wife Navjot Kaur, who is a BJP MLA from Amritsar, are likely to join the AAP next month, but only the latter may contest the elections on an AAP ticket.
Earlier on Tuesday, Navjot Kaur also told ANI that she was still with the BJP.
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Sources said Navjot Kaur was abstaining from joining the AAP before August perhaps to avert bypoll in her constituency before the scheduled assembly elections, because her joining the AAP will lead to her disqualification under the Anti-Defection Law.
The AAP Constitution too doesn’t allow two members of a family to hold any office within the party, including the elected post, sources added.
They, meanwhile, refuted that Sidhu would be projected as the AAP chief ministerial candidate in Punjab, adding that he would be actively campaigning for party candidates in the elections.
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Sidhu’s campaign may help AAP increase its tally as he has been attacking the incumbent Akali government openly.
On announcing the name of the chief ministerial candidate, sources said so far, there has not been a discussion in the party over an advertisement as far as projecting a chief ministerial candidate is concerned.
There is also “possibility of a revolt in the AAP, if the party projects a chief ministerial candidate” before the Punjab polls, they said.
Meanwhile, the party is set to release its first list of around 30 candidates for the Punjab elections by the end of July.
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