Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sunday joined the Congress after meeting its Vice President Rahul Gandhi here, the party said.
Gandhi warmly welcomed Sidhu, a former BJP MP from Amritsar, into the party fold at his residence. Sidhu’s wife had earlier joined the Congress.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi welcomes Navjot Singh Sidhu into the Indian National Congress pic.twitter.com/tqeVNSWrC5
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The Congress “welcomes Sidhu and thanks Gandhi for bringing like-minded leaders under the Congress umbrella”, party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.
Sidhu had quit BJP after alleging that he was sidelined by the party. Two months after his resignation, his wife Navjyot Kaur joined Congress.
It was speculated that cricketer-turned-politician would join Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party.
This could be a major boost for the Congress ahead of the Punjab election which will be held on February 4.