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Sidhu to campaign for BJP in Punjab
Onkar Singh in Chandigarh | December 06, 2006 19:12 IST
Navjot Singh Sidhu will campaign along with the senior Bhartiya Janata Party leaders and Akali Dal stalwart Prakash Singh Badal in Moga in Punjab on December 8 and follow it up with a huge road show in Amritsar as part of the political strategy drawn by the BJP after he was given a three-year suspended sentence by the Punjab and Haryana high court in the Gurnam Singh case on Wednesday.
Sidhu was sentenced under Section 304 for culpable homicide not amounting the murder.
Sidhu will first fill in the bail bond of Rs 10,000 to the satisfaction of the sessions court in Chandigarh on Thursday morning as directed by the high court.
"My biggest treasure is the faith of my constituents, my party and the people of India who love me the most. I believe in honesty and morality. I had presented myself before the court because I do not believe in a hide and seek game. I am confident that I will come out of the situation with flying colours. I am indebted to Jaitleyji who is like my father. I do not think my father would have done so much if he had been alive," Sidhu told newsmen in Chandigarh.
Senior party leader and noted advocate Arun Jaitley said that Sidhu is a man of character, conviction and charisma.
"The party is firmly behind him in the matter and we would soon be filing an appeal in the Supreme Court against the high court judgment," he said but refused to give the grounds on which the appeal would be filed.
Jaitley said that he had learnt a lesson from Sidhu, which is that one should not be excited nor dejected in any situation as Sidhu used to be when playing cricket for India.
Justice K S Garewal, who had acquitted Sidhu in the trial case is now a judge in the Punjab and Haryana high court. His fellow judges did not agree with his judicial reasoning.
According to informed sources, a sentence more than two years would disqualify Sidhu under the Representation of People's Act and unless the apex court stays the judgment or overturns it, Sidhu would have to remain contented with the status of BJP's star campaigner during the forthcoming assembly elections in Punjab.