Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu said he was a ‘born Congressman’. He addressed a press at Congress headquarters, along with Ajay Maken and Asha Kumari. He explained about his decision to join Congress. He said,”I have just come back to my roots, I was born to be part of Congress.” On Sunday, Sidhu met with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who then tweeted out an image of the two of them together, signaling his welcome to the party.
Talking about his role in the Punjab Election, Sidhu said, “this isn’t my personal battle, but the fight for Punjab’s well-being and its existence, and I am only the medium.”
Before joining Congress, it was reported that relation between Sidhhu and former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh is not cordial. On this Sidhu said, “if two countries can sort out their issues through conversation, and when Lalu-Nitish can come together, then why can’t we do the same?” But, Siddhu will have a tough time in Punjab Congress because supporters of Amarinder Singh are speaking out of turn against him.
It is interesting that Sidhu refrained from answering questions on his views on Narendra Modi as PM, instead saying, “they chose alliance, and I chose Punjab.”
On not joining the AAP, he said, “they didn’t want me to contest elections. How would I fight for the betterment of the state if I can’t fight in the polls? I cannot be a showpiece for the party.”
Sidhu joined the Congress on January 15th, after meeting Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, after bypassing local leadership.
Congress might think that Siddhu’s new inning may “immensely strengthened” the party in poll-bound Punjab but realty is that it will further group-ism in Punjab Congress.
The former BJP Amritsar MP described his joining the Congress as “beginning of a new inning”.
It is also reported that 53-year-old Sidhu is likely to contest from Amritsar East Assembly seat. Sidhu had resigned from Rajya Sabha and quit BJP following which his wife Navjot Kaur had joined Congress on November 28. He faced a major setback in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls after the BJP replaced him with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for the Amritsar seat. The latter lost to Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh.