New Delhi: Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal clarified on Friday that cricketer-turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu had not stipulated any preconditions to joining the party, and had only sought time to think it over.
Since Sidhu’s resignation from the Rajya Sabha in July, rumours have swirled to the effect that he is headed to the AAP.
“Would Navjot Sidhuji join AAP? A lot of rumours. It’s my duty to put forward our side. We have greatest regard for the cricket legend," Kejriwal tweeted on Friday.
This comes after Sidhu met Kejriwal last week to discuss his joining AAP. Party leaders have said that if Sidhu does join the party, they would like to project him as a star campaigner.
“He met me last week. Didn’t put any precondition. He needs time to think. Let’s respect that. He is a very good human being and a cricket legend. My respect for him would continue whether he joins or not," Kejriwal added.
Sidhu resigned from the Rajya Sabha less than three months after he was nominated to the upper house.
His resignation comes ahead of the 2017 assembly election in Punjab, where the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) combine is facing voter discontent.
Sidhu said that he took the decision because the BJP asked him to stay away from the poll-bound Punjab. He has been a three-time Lok Sabha member from Amritsar of the party.
AAP is contesting elections in Punjab for the first time. With more than six months to go, the party has already announced candidates for 32 constituencies.