Punjab Election: Navjot Singh Sidhu Joins Congress Party

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi welcomes Navjot Singh Sidhu into the Indian National Congress
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi welcomes Navjot Singh Sidhu into the Indian National Congress

Currently, top Congress leader and former chief minister of Punjab Amarinder Singh is spearheading the party’s election campaign in the state.

By Rakesh Raman

After a lot of dilly-dallying, the Indian cricketer-turned-commentator-turned-TV entertainer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu today joined the Congress Party.

His association with Congress is expected to give a huge advantage to the party as it is getting ready for the election in Punjab where Sidhu enjoys tremendous popularity.

A couple of months ago, Sidhu had resigned from the rival Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He had complained about BJP’s maltreatment toward him as a reason for his resignation.

Later, Sidhu was negotiating with a relatively new outfit Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) headed by Arvind Kejriwal. But he decided not to join AAP, presumably because it is a centralized party being run by Kejriwal as a private shop.

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Sidhu – who belongs to Punjab – has been looking for a powerful role in the state, although Congress has not yet specified his responsibilities.

Currently, top Congress leader and former chief minister of Punjab Amarinder Singh is spearheading the party’s election campaign in the state.

Congress has not yet announced its chief ministerial (CM) candidate for Punjab where its fight will mainly be against SAD-BJP alliance.

The election for the 117-member Punjab Legislative Assembly will be held on February 4, 2017.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a government award-winning journalist and social scientist. You also can visit the REAL VOTER – Politics in India Information Center that he manages.

Photo courtesy: Congress

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