Immense speculation about Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu’s roadmap in Punjab Politics has finally come to a halt. The impromptu comedian, Sidhu formally joined Congress on Sunday after meeting party vice-president Rahul Gandhi at his residence in New Delhi.
Sidhu had resigned from the Bharatiya Janata Party on September 14.
Sidhu’s wife, Navjot Kaur had joined Congress in November 2016 engendering a strong guess that he too will follow suit.
Earlier, Sidhu was in talks with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to chalk out his political career in Punjab. Sidhu was offered a conditional post of deputy CM, depending on the results of the elections. However, things didn’t fare well for the two. The negotiations took an opposite route leading to a massive split in Awaaz-e-Punjab, which Sidhu had formed in association with the Bains brothers.
While Congress is dreading for a seat somewhere, this step was quite anticipated. They needed a popular face to win the elections. If not by real work, Congress wants to win these elections by hook or by crook. Therefore, Congress roped in Sidhu as he has won three consecutive Lok Sabha elections from the state beginning 2004.
“Indian National Congress (INC) welcomes S Navjot Singh Sidhu into Congress family and we thank Congress vice-president for his visionary approach in bringing together like-minded people on common platform under the Congress umbrella,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said in a statement.
This man has been trying his luck in all parties. But that’s okay. May he not change his mind and undo his decision all over again. Seems like he is on an elongated tour of Indian Politics, which has meal-breaks and jet lags in between, rendering this comedian (in true sense, though) to have a leisure time just before the main day of sightseeing (election day).
In Punjab, the current status of parties seems nothing short of a reigning battle between the Akali-Dal BJP, Congress and AAP. The state will go to polls on February 4. Counting of votes will begin on March 11.