Earlier in January, Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu met Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi, with party leaders claiming that the former BJP MP may join the party anytime soon. Sidhu is likely to play a crucial role in Punjab.
Navjot Singh Sidhu joins Congress. He met Congress Vice president Rahul Gandhi a short while ago. pic.twitter.com/c1tRfUf5jq— ANI (@ANI_news) January 15, 2017
Delhi: Navjot Singh Sidhu leaves from Rahul Gandhi's residence; joined Congress a short while ago pic.twitter.com/ZyBfOWZ1xs— ANI (@ANI_news) January 15, 2017
Confirming the meeting between the two, party sources said it took place around 3.30 PM and lasted around half-an-hour during which the modalities of his joining as well as his future role in the party were discussed.
"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 else where 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.
(With PTI Inputs)