Kejri bounces more suspense over Sidhu’s entry in AAP

Rajat Kain

New Delhi: Former MP Navjot Singh Sidhu addresses a press conference in New Delhi, July 25, 2016. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Former MP Navjot Singh Sidhu addresses a press conference in New Delhi, July 25, 2016.
Photo – PTI

Jumping the crease and hitting the opposite bowler over the ropes…the flamboyance so defined Navjot Singh Sidhu, the cricketer. There was no fuss and no suspense in his game plan. Just that unforgiving go at the ball that even greatest of greats — the likes of Shane Warne, Mushtaq Ahmed and Muttiah Murlitharan — felt if they have any better trick up in their sleeves.

Change of ends…Navjot Singh Sidhu, the politician. His game plan seems to have undergone a clinical change. Now, there is fuss, there is drama, there is suspense and he is willing to give his own tricks in the sleeve some more time to see light of the day.

The man has successfully kept all guessing over his future plans for a month now after hanging his boots from the BJP — the party he began his political innings in 2004 – for all practical purposes.

Coming from perhaps one of the candid-most and talkative cricket celebrity of our times, who now co-hosts one of the most popular family comedy show, the spell of silence has only accentuated the suspense.

Is it heading to a drab draw? Can’t say, there is plenty of life in the pitch of intrigue.

Soon after resigning from the Upper House, where he was nominated by the BJP recently, speculations were more than thick that Navjot Singh Sidhu will soon appear in Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) colours, the party which is claiming itself a front-runner in the Punjab assembly polls, slated to be held early next year.

And now after the rounds of meeting in the alleys of mystique with AAP leaders, Delhi CM and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal included, the guess work has only minted piles of further conjectures.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and AAP MP Bhagwant Mann during the releasing of 51-point Youth Manifesto in Amritsar.  Photo-PTI

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and AAP MP Bhagwant Mann during the releasing of 51-point Youth Manifesto in Amritsar.
Photo-PTI

On Friday, in his bid to duck the bouncing “rumours” on Navjot Singh Sidhu’s beginning of innings with AAP, Kejriwal filled the political info-sheet saying the cricketer-turned-politician has not put any pre-condition and just needs “time to think”.

“Wud Navjot Sidhu ji join AAP- lot of rumours? Its my duty to put forward our side. We have greatest greatest regard for this ckt legend. (sic)” tweeted Kejriwal, adding the cricketer met him last week and “didn’t put any pre-condition. He needs time to think. Lets respect that”.

“He is a v gud human being n a ckt legend. My respect for him wud continue whether he joins or not, (sic)” Kejriwal ended his three-tweet series on the suspense name ‘Sidhu’s entry in AAP’, the short phrase now keenly punctuated with a question mark in the end.

Just like a turning wicket, Kejriwal’s remarks, in the form of tweet, has only twirled the narrative that was so evenly poised for Sidhu’s imminent yet booming entry into the AAP post his resignation from the Rajya Sabha.

Breaking his silence last month, the only time thus far, Sidhu had criticised his hitherto party’s top leadership.

“I resigned from the Rajya Sabha because I was asked to stay away from Punjab… Why was I asked to stay away from Punjab? Why should I stay away from my home… That is not possible,” he told the eager press pack who tried to read between the lines in his presser laced with verbosity.

Since then, the action seems to be limited between the long pitch of power play and the two pavilions – one may see a run out and other its man of the match.