Beginning Of A New Innings, Says Navjot Singh Sidhu After Joining Congress
Earlier, there were reports that Navjot Singh Sidhu may be offered the post of deputy chief minister if Congress comes to power in Punjab.
Former BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu today joined Congress after meeting party’s vice-president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi.
"Beginning of a new inning. On the front foot. Punjab, Punjabiyat & every Punjabi must win !!!", said Sidhu.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi welcomes Navjot Singh Sidhu into the Indian National Congress pic.twitter.com/tqeVNSWrC5— INC India (@INCIndia) January 15, 2017
INC welcomes S.Navjot Singh Sidhu & thanks Rahul Gandhiji for bringing likeminded leaders under the Congress umbrella pic.twitter.com/hnJPs407MZ— Randeep S Surjewala (@rssurjewala) January 15, 2017
Earlier, there were reports that Navjot Singh Sidhu may be offered the post of deputy chief minister if Congress comes to power in Punjab. Although, the state Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh had put the argument at rest and said that “the cricketer-turned-politician would soon join the party unconditionally."
The decision on the post of deputy chief minister would be taken by the party national president and vice-president at an "appropriate time," he said.
"Sidhu's decision to join the Congress was unconditional. No strings attached," the former Punjab chief minister said. He said Sidhu would be the party’s candidate from Amritsar East, as announced by his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu earlier.
Sidhu's wife Navjot Kaur had joined Congress in November last year leading to speculation that he may follow suit.
"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.
"Known for straight taking, ideological commitment to the cause of nationalism as also wit and humour, we are certain that Congress party will be immensely strengthened in Punjab and elsewhere with the entry of Sidhu," said the statement posted on the party twitter handle.
Navjot Kaur along with Pargat Singh, a former Akali Dal legislator who had joined hands with Sidhu to form the outfit Awaaz-E Punjab, had joined Congress after the Sidhus left the BJP.
Earlier, there was speculation that the couple may join Aam Aadmi Party but their talks with AAP leadership failed. Punjab goes to polls on February 4.