Navjot Singh Sidhu to join Congress to contest assembly election

Amritsar, 04 Jan: MLA Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who joined Congress from BJP last month, confirmed on Wednesday that her husband and former Rajya Sabha member Navjot Singh Sidhu will join the grand old party “very soon” and contest the Punjab assembly elections from Amritsar (East) constituency.

Election Commission earlier in the day declared that Punjab will vote in a single phase on February 4 and the results will be out on March 11.

“Navjot Singh Sidhu is in regular touch with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and PPCC chief Captain Amarinder Singh. Various rounds of meetings have taken place with the top brass of the Congress. They are preparing an itinerary for Sidhu and whenever they say, Sidhu will join Congress,” she said to Hindustan Times.

Dr Sidhu also confirmed that the former cricketer will be campaigning throughout Punjab.

“The party high command and senior leadership are going ahead very cautiously and want to weed out the threat of rebel factor at an early stage. So before announcing another list, the party high command is talking to possible rebels and pacify them by showing surveys and other elements kept in mind by the party,” she said explaining the delay in the announcement from the Congress.

Comedy Nights Star Sidhu had earlier floated Awaaz-e-Punjab in September along with independent MLAs and brothers Balwinder Singh Bains and Simarjeet Singh Bains and former hockey captain Pargat Singh but the forum disintegrated after the Bains brothers finalised an alliance with the AAP for the state assembly polls.