As BJP leader and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu announced his decision to resign from the membership of the Rajya Sabha on Monday, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was quick to welcome him to their fold.
AAP's Punjab convenor Sucha Singh Chhotepur and AAP state in-charge Sanjay Singh hailed Sidhu's "courageous" decision and said the party was "looking forward" to welcome him. AAP spokesperson Deepak Bajpai said Sidhu would be making an "announcement" soon, adding that the party is open to the joining of individuals who believe in honest politics.
नवजोत सिंह सिधू जी ने बीजेपी की राज्य सभा सदस्यता से इस्तीफा देकर साहसिक कदम उठाया है,उनके फैसले का स्वागत करता हूँ।— Sanjay Singh AAP (@SanjayAzadSln) July 18, 2016
AAP's Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann said, "Whoever joins AAP, he is clearly told that it has to be unconditional," reports PTI. Sidhu, a former Lok Sabha MP from Amritsar, was convicted in a culpable homicide case in Patiala and is out on bail.
Apart from AAP's swift enthusiasm in welcoming the ex-cricketer, Twitterati was equally amused with Sidhu's decision.
Here are some of the interesting tweets:
I guess Siddhu will be happy to join AAP..as he always worked with Comedians and Jokers...😝😜 #NavjotSinghSidhu— simran kaur (@simran_Gulabo) July 18, 2016
Breaking Now:- Reaction of Kejriwal after Siddhu decides to contest Punjab Poll as AAP CM Candidate 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/cShTKS5aHg— Dhaval Patel (@dhaval241086) July 18, 2016
He is aiming for CM kursi but he can't move beyond Kapil's kursi. #NavjotSinghSidhu— Sanjeev Kumar Verma (@sanjeevkverma) July 18, 2016
I really don't care if #NavjotSinghSidhu left BJP. I will be happy if he left Extra Innings and Comedy Nights with Kapil.— Dr Mosaic (@Rickshaw_wala) July 18, 2016
(With inputs from PTI)