Ending months of speculation, former BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu is set to formally join the Congress on November 28. All eyes are now on Sidhu’s next political move.
The announcement was made by Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh on Tuesday evening.
Sources said Sidhu was away in Mumbai and was likely to meet the Congres leadership in the days to come. Sources also said he was also likely to join the Congress.
“I am pleased to announce that Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu and Pargat Singh will be formally joining Congress on November 28,” Amarinder said while welcoming her in the party fold.
Amarinder also announced that Awaaz-E-Punjab leader Pargat Singh will also be joining the Congress.
Kaur, wife of former cricketer and Awaaz-e-Punjab chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and Pargat Singh met the Congress high command here to seal the deal, a statement from Amarinder said.
Congress will be further strengthened ahead of the Punjab Assembly elections with the joining of like-minded people, Amarinder added.
Sources said the two met Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday and decided to join the party fold. The two later met Amarinder Singh at his residence and discussed the formalities of their joining.
Navjot Kaur Sidhu is a former MLA and represented Amritsar in Punjab Vidhan Sabha. She resigned recently after quitting the state assembly.
Pargat Singh is also a former Punjab MLA after he quit the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal. He is a former Hockey Olympian and was captain of the Indian hockey team.
Sidhu along with Pargat and the Bains brothers had recently formed an outfit Awaaz-e-Punjab, but was not ready to go out alone in Punjab polls and has expressed its desire to align with like-minded parties.
The Bains brothers Simarjit and Balwinder Singh, both of whom were independent MLAs from Ludhiana, have since tied up with AAP.