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Navjot Singh Sidhu to launch new party Awaaz-e-Punjab today

Chandigarh [India], Sept. 8: Lending a serious blow to the hopes of AAP in Punjab, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu along with former Indian hockey team captain Pargat Singh will formally launch 'Awaaz-e-Punjab', the new political front here today, which will be contesting the Punjab assembly elections next year.

Elections to 117 assembly seats are likely to be held in January or early February next year.

A press conference will be addressed by Sidhu along with two independent legislators, Balwinder Singh Bains and Simarjeet Singh Bains.

While the Bains brothers were independent candidates who were leaning towards AAP, Pargat Singh was recently expelled from Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on charges of indulging in anti-party activities

Sidhu had resigned from the Rajya Sabha on 18 July, fuelling speculation that he may join the AAP.(With inputs from ANI)