Former Punjab CM and state Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh today said that cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu will only campaign for Congress in the upcoming state assembly elections in 2017 and won’t be contesting for any seat. Capt. Singh conferred this to news agency ANI, “Sidhu is with us, his wife is with us. He does not want to fight from any seat but will campaign with us.”
Yesterday, Capt. Singh declared that Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur and former hockey player and Akali Dal leader Pargat Singh (now with Awaaz-e-Punjab) will join the party on November 28. News as received from the Congress sources says that Sidhu might join the party once the code of conduct kicks in. Earlier rumoured reports mentioned that Sidhu could be offered a Lok Sabha ticket from Amritsar or a cabinet position, if Congress comes into power.
Two days ago, the Bains brothers left Sidhu’s Awaaz-e-Punjab and joined hands with Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Interestingly, Capt. Singh previously called the Sidhus an “undisciplined couple” and their new party a “tonga party” meaning a light carriage drawn by horses. Again, both Navjot Singh Sidhu and Pargat Singh had earlier, in an issued joint statement, accused Capt. Amarinder Singh of having a “nexus” with Prakash Singh Badal and said they could join Congress only when Amarinder was not at the helm of affairs.