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Sidhu formally launches new political forum

Founder of 'Awaz-e-Punjab' Navjot Singh Sidhu with Pargat Singh (left) addresses a press conference in Chandigarh on Thursday.

Founder of 'Awaz-e-Punjab' Navjot Singh Sidhu with Pargat Singh (left) addresses a press conference in Chandigarh on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: PTI

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‘The State that led the green revolution is now in a debt of Rs. 2 lakh crore. People are fed up.’

Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday formally launched a new political front, Awaaz-e-Punjab, saying time had come for people to join hands and work for the resurgence of Punjab which had been pushed into a bad state.



“There’s has been a tradition in our country that good people are used for campaigning and later kept as decoration piece. We want to shake up the prevailing system that has ruined Punjab,” Mr. Sidhu told a news conference in Chandigarh.



Attacking the ruling Akali-BJP government, he said: “In Punjab it's all about one family (referring to the Badals)…our Constitution says that government should be for the people, but in Punjab the government is only about one family.”



“Punjab — the State which led the green revolution — is now in a debt of nearly Rs. two lakh crore. People are fed up of the current rule.”



Mr. Sidhu said Awaaz-e-Punjab was not a party but a forum for all like-minded people to come together to serve Punjab’s interests.



Mr. Sidhu, who resigned as Rajya Sabha MP in July this year following differences with the BJP, said the party conveniently set him aside after forming the government for which he had rigorously campaigned.



Hitting out at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Mr. Sidhu said the AAP was no different as it also wanted to make him a decoration piece.



> Kejriwalji tweeted about the meeting, but he said half-truth. Let me complete it. He [Kejriwal] offered a ministerial berth to my wife if AAP won and asked me not to fight the elections,” he said.



The new forum also has the support of suspended Akali Dal MLA Pargat Singh and the “Bains brothers” — Balwinder Singh Bains and Simarjit Singh Bains, who are Independent MLAs from Ludhiana.

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