Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu formally joined Congress on Monday saying that he was a “born Congressman.” “This is my ghar wapsi,” said Sidhu.
Sidhu quit the BJP in September complaining that he had been sidelined. Asked whether he was ready to work under the Congress’ chief ministerial nominee Amarinder Singh, he said “If Lalu (Yadav) and Nitish (Kumar) can come together, why can’t Amarinder Singh and I?”
“This is a fight for Punjab’s self-respect,” said the 58-year-old while addressing his first press conference as a Congress member. He also talked about his political shifts and shared his experience.
“Bhaag Badal bhaag (run, Badal, run),” he said jokingly while attacking Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. He blamed him for “Punjab’s downfall”.
“Navjot Singh Sidhu’s fight is for the redemption of Punjab. I can’t see the youth dying slowly,” he said, emphasizing on the state’s infamous drug problem.
Sidhu met Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday before making his official entry into the Congress. He also tweeted a picture of him with the Congress VP.
The former cricketer was in the BJP for more than a decade. He joined the Congress after several rounds of meetings with Gandhi. His wife Navjot Kaur said he would contest from the Amritsar East seat.