Navjot Kaur Sidhu, Pargat Singh to join Congress
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New Delhi: Ending days of speculation, Navjot Kaur Sidhu, wife of former Rajya Sabha member from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Navjot Singh Sidhu, is all set to join the Congress party next week. Senior party leaders said they are also in touch with Navjot Singh, who too could join the party soon.
Along with her, Pargat Singh, leader of Awaaz-E-Punjab, a party founded by Navjot Singh, is also set to join the Congress. The move is significant given that there was a speculation that Sidhu could either join the Congress or the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Punjab.
“I am pleased to announce that Dr. Navjot Kaur Sidhu & Pargat Singh will formally be joining Congress on November 28,” Captain Amarinder Singh, former Punjab chief minister and chief of Congress’s state unit wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Navjot Kaur is a former BJP MLA from the state and recently quit the state assembly. Pargat Singh, former captain of the Indian hockey team, has also been a former legislator and had quit the incumbent Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
According to a senior party leader, both Navjot Kaur and Pargat Singh met Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi as well as Captain on Wednesday following which the decision was taken and announced.
“We have been in touch with Navjot Singh and we are hopeful that he too will join the party soon. He has been public about his desire to join like-minded parties to contest the Punjab polls jointly. The addition of Navjot Kaur and Pargat Singh will strengthen our party organisation,” a senior party leader from Punjab said, requesting anonymity.
Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh resigned from the Rajya Sabha in July this year, less than three months after he was nominated to the upper house by the BJP. He is a popular face in Punjab politics and has been a Lok Sabha member from Amritsar constituency.
The Congress is fighting a key battle in Punjab where it has been out of power for nearly a decade. The state is facing a three-cornered contest with the incumbent SAD-BJP combine, challenger Congress and new entrant AAP. In the 16th general election, the party had hit rock bottom, winning only three out of 13 seats in Punjab.