The spectacular orator who can rile up masses with political rhetorics is no longer with BJP. According to reports, he is all set to become the Chief Ministerial candidate for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Punjab. Yes, we are talking about none other than Navjot Singh Sidhu who has successfully given a new dimension of listening to cricket with his witty, provocative and bombastic verbosity and now, we must say, he is playing his political ‘shots’ quite well.
The 52-year-old’s decision to quit the Upper House is seen as a culmination of his tense equation with the BJP ever since he was denied the party ticket from Amritsar – a constituency he had represented thrice – in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. While his resignation is a major setback for the BJP, it has come as a shot in the arm for AAP ahead of the Punjab elections.
AAP’s performance in Delhi has been extraordinary. And the unique initiatives taken up by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal are being discussed worldwide. Speaking about his persona, he is out-an-out a common man’s leader and this man alone has managed to garner votes in 67 constituencies out of 70 in the last Delhi elections and formed his debutant government.
Interestingly enough, Sidhu, if he joins AAP, is now all set to work with a man whom he has critiqued for his “nautanki” (drama) in the past.
The fiery leader’s future course of action will be interesting to watch as he walks alongside the person who believes in working for the masses, is from the masses himself and always considers himself to be one of them. It will be interesting to watch Sidhu maintain his identity, personality and charisma and effectively work under the leadership of such a mass leader as that of Arvind Kejriwal.
Brushing aside his scathing attacks on Kejriwal, Sidhu’s joining with AAP has more to do with his systematic sidelining within the BJP and his irritation of the Akalis, whom he had relentlessly attacked every now and then. It would be interesting to witness how he would now defend his past statements on Kejriwal and work in tandem with him, also taking on his previous leader, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in due course.