Navjot Singh Sidhu, the52-year-old former cricketer, commentator and BJP leader quits as a Member of Parliament on Monday. Reports claim that he is set to switch to Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to play a big role in the Punjab election next year.
“The people of Punjab are looking for a change,” Said Mr. Sidhu, just before he resigned from the Rajya Sabha.
His exit will hit Punjab’s ruling Akali-BJP combine at a time which is seen to be facing a tough task retaining an upper hand in Punjab after two straight terms, challenged both AAP and a resurgent Congress.
He is likely to meet Mr. Kejriwal in Punjab in a couple of days.
Mr. Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur, a lawmaker in Punjab, is also set to resign, say sources.
“If he joins our party, we will welcome him with open arms,” said Bhagwant Mann, an AAP parliamentarian in Punjab.