January 8, 2017 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh: After three months long negotiation Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Sidhu is likely to join the Congress on January 9 or 10, Thus bringing all the speculations to an end.
Earlier, he was involved in an unsuccessful dialogue to arrive at a consensus with the Aam Adami Party.The major reason for the failure is said to be new party’s rejection to his demand for naming a chief ministerial candidate ahead of the polls.
Hindustan times (HT) while referring to undisclosed sources reported that Sidhu will be given the choice by the Congress leadership to contest either from Amritsar East assembly constituency, held by his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu till recently, or Amritsar Lok Sabha seat. Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh resigned from the seat in November last year upon the verdict pertaining to Controversial Sutlej Yamuna Link canal.
The assembly elections in Punjab along with the by-poll for the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat will be held on February 4.
If the former BJP MP decides against contesting the elections, the Congress will field his wife from Amritsar East and utilise his services in campaigning for the party candidates across the state, media reports said.
After resigning from the BJP in September and a failed negotiations with AAP, His wife along with former Indian hockey captain Pargat Singh joined the Congress in November.