Navjot Singh Sidhu after joining Congress: It's my Ghar Wapsi

Sidhu met Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday before making formal entry to the party

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Former Rajya Sabha MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, who formally joined the Congress party on Monday ending weeks of speculation before the upcoming Punjab assembly elections, declared himself "a born Congressman". Mr Sidhu who quit BJP last September saying he was sidelined in the party announced, "this is my ghar wapsi."

When asked about his doubtful future with Congress' chief ministerial candidate Amarinder Singh who had strong reservations against the party's decision to take Sidhu on board, he joked: "If Lalu (Yadav) and Nitish (Kumar) can come together, why can't Amarinder Singh and I?

"This is a fight for Punjab's self-respect," said Mr Sidhu, while addressing the press after his joining.

He also explained about the failed talks with Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party using couplets and poetry.

"Bhaag Badal bhaag (run, Badal, run)," he quipped, targeting Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his family and blaming them for what he called Punjab's downfall.

"Navjot Singh Sidhu's fight is for the redemption of Punjab. I can't see the youth dying slowly," Mr Sidhu added mentioning about the state's notorious drug issue.

He also met Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday before making formal entry to the party. He took on to Twitter posting photos with the Congress leader.

The cricketer-politician who was part of BJP for more than a decade joined the Congress after several rounds of talks with Mr Gandhi. Mr Sidhu's wife Navjot Kaur said he would be contesting in the upcoming assembly polls from the Amritsar East seat.

According to NDTV, Mr Sidhu is likely to get one seat per family for some of his supporters. A popular figure among Punjab's public, the former cricketer is expected to address a series of rallies.

It is not clear whether Mr Sidhu will get the post of deputy Chief Minister, as he has demanded.