Navjot Singh Sidhu says his front will not contest polls as it may split anti-SAD votes

Sidhu has said Awaaz-e-Punjab will remain as a forum only and welcomed any alliance for “the betterment of Punjab”.

Published: 22nd September 2016 05:10 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd September 2016 05:10 AM   |  A+A-

Navjot Singh Sidhu PTI

Former MP Navjot Singh Sidhu addresses a press conference in New Delhi on Monday. | PTI

CHANDIGARH: Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu has said Awaaz-e-Punjab will remain as a forum only and welcomed any alliance for “the betterment of Punjab”. He said that if he floated a new party, it would split the anti-incumbency vote and help the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal.

Sidhu.jpgBreaking silence after forming the forum,  Sidhu said, “Awaaz-e-Punjab will not be a political party.  We will not divide the anti-incumbency vote bank, which could indirectly benefit the corroborative and collusive Badal-Amarinder nexus which has plundered Punjab for the last fifteen years.

This will defeat our purpose of bringing a change for the betterment of Punjab.” He refrained from attacking BJP and AAP.

Sidhu added that the cofounders of Awaaz-e-Punjab—MLAs Balwinder Singh Bains and Simarjit Singh Bains and former hockey captain Pargat Singh—wanted to contest all 117 seats in the state.

“But I pondered over the fluid political situation in Punjab, weighed the pros and cons and have come to a conclusive decision that we will not play spoilsport and instead facilitate the Punjab election,” he said.

 “Politics is not a profession but a mission. There is no personal or political vendetta, just a burning desire to place Punjab ahead of us and reinforce the positive forces. May Punjab, Punjabiat and every Punjabi win,” Sidhu said.

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