Bengaluru, Aug 19: There have been reports that state that cricketer turned politician, Navjot Singh Siddhu failed to break the ice with the Aam Admi Party. Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal said that he respects Siddhu who has sought more time to think over the matter.
Reports also state that two of Siddhu's conditions were rejected by AAP. One condition was to project him as the Chief Ministerial candidate during the Punjab elections and the other to give his wife, Navjot Kaur a ticket.
Prithvi Reddy, the national executive member and spokesperson of the Aam Admi Party says that he would not want to comment on the developments, but also adds that the important thing for the party is that it should not be a personality based election. "We are completely against a personality based election," Reddy tells OneIndia.
Do not want a personality driven election
Reddy says that about the talks with Siddhu, he would not want to comment. "I was not privy to the talks and hence it would not be right on my part to comment," he says. On the question of Siddhu, he says that there are pros and cons of anyone joining the party.
"The important thing for us is that it should not be a personality based election. It has to be about the principles and ideology of the party. In Punjab or any other state it certainly should not be an election based on personality," Reddy also points out.
On the question that Siddhu could have been a star campaigner for the AAP during the Punjab elections, Reddy says that we would want someone who believes in the ideology of the party. "I do not think that the concept of a star campaigner helps. We would not want the people to come and see a face. Instead we would want someone who would listen and understand the philosophy of the party."
On the chances of the AAP winning the elections in Punjab, Reddy says, "I believe that sufficient ground work has been done in Punjab. People are with us not because of any personality. A leadership will evolve in Punjab and once again I would like to make it clear that we do not want to fight the election based on a face."
On the reported demand made by Siddhu to give his wife a ticket, Reddy says that the party is opposed to the idea of having two persons from the same family holding positions in the AAP. "We do not want a family run party," Reddy says.
When asked about the Congress too being in talks with Siddhu, Reddy says that it is up to them. "While I am not aware of these developments, I would however like to point out that the Congress looks desperate enough to get power," he said.