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'No secret deal struck’, AAP says on Navjot Sidhu as party's Punjab face

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh today dismissed reports that his party has struck a secret deal with former BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu. Singh's remarks came amid widespread speculation that Sidhu would

India TV Politics Desk [ Published on: July 19, 2016 19:30 IST ]
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New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh today dismissed reports that his party has struck a secret deal with former BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu. Singh's remarks came amid widespread speculation that Sidhu would be projected as the chief ministerial candidate for Punjab.

Singh said there was no secret or open deal in this regard, and it is wrong to say that the latter is coming on certain conditions or pre-conditions.

“All these secret information are with you people. There is no secret or open deal in this regard. Sidhu is a brave man who has taken a daring decision, but it is wrong to say that he is coming on certain conditions or pre-conditions,” Singh told ANI.

When asked whether the AAP was ready to welcome Sidhu at any cost, despite Sidhu's open crticism of Kejriwal in the past, he said, “There is no cost.

The only cost is to save Punjab, doing away with the drug mafia, saving farmers from committing suicide…. You take a note of those things, as we are not concerned about that. When there is a big fight, and when there is a big issue like welfare of Punjab, then it is not necessary to make small personal matters an issue.”

The Aam Aadmi Party on Monday welcomed Sidhu’s decision to resign from the Rajya Sabha and said ‘good forces’ were coming together for the betterment of Punjab.

The former cricketer, who was thrice the Lok Sabha member from the BJP, was asked to make way for fellow member Arun Jaitley in Amritsar during the 2014 general election.

Sidhu is said to be miffed with the party over this decision as Jaitley lost to Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh in the electoral battle.

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