Navjot Singh Sidhu joins Congress ahead of Punjab polls

Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sunday joined the Congress party ahead of assembly elections in Punjab after yet another meeting with Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi.

Navjot Singh Sidhu joins Congress ahead of Punjab polls

Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sunday joined the Congress party ahead of assembly elections in Punjab after yet another meeting with Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi.

The formal joining of Sidhu will take place at the Congress headquarters in Delhi on Monday.

Today' meeting with Rahul Gandhi-the second in four days- happened at mid-day, during which the Congress vice-president welcomed him into the party. Within minutes, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted, "INC welcomes S.Navjot Singh Sidhu & thanks Rahul Gandhiji for bringing like minded leaders under the Congress umbrella".






“Known for his straight-talking, ideological commitment to nationalism as also wit and humour, we are certain the Congress party will be immensely strengthened in Punjab and elsewhere with the entry of Sidhu,” a press statement tweeted by Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala read.

The three-time Amritsar MP had quit the BJP in September 2016, complaining that he had been sidelined.

Sidhu came on board after lengthy negotiations and several rounds of meetings with Rahul Gandhi. His wife Navjot Kaur said he would be contesting from the Amritsar East seat. Sources said he would get one ticket per family for some of his supporters. As one of the party's star campaigner, he would also address more than 70 rallies.

Sidhu likely to help the Congress overcome a strong fight from the Akali Dal and the AAP in the state polls.

Punjab goes to the polls on February 4 and the Congress is hoping to come back to power after a decade.