Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu’s wife, Navjot Kaur Sidhu, and former hockey captain Pargat Singh will join the Congress in New Delhi next Monday, a move that can give a boost to the party ahead of next year’s assembly election in Punjab.
Though there was no official word on the 53-year-old Sidhu’s next step, Congress sources said he too will join the party at an “appropriate time”.
Earlier this year, Sidhu and his wife quit the Bharatiya Janata Party, a partner in the state’s ruling coalition , setting off speculations about joining Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party.
But in September, Sidhu formed Awaaz-e-Punjab and joined hands with three top voices against the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance — Pargat and Ludhiana-based powerful independent state lawmakers and brothers Simarjeet and Balwinder Singh Bains, who recently formalised an alliance with the AAP.
“I am pleased to announce that Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu (a former MLA who represented Amritsar in Punjab Vidhan Sabha) and Pargat Singh will be formally joining Congress on November 28,” Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh tweeted late on Wednesday after meeting them at his official residence in New Delhi.
Sidhu, who is in Mumbai, was not present at the meeting.
Amarinder also said the joining of like-minded people will strengthen the Congress ahead of the polls.