‘Ghar Wapsi,’ Sidhu on joining Congress

New Delhi: Navjot Sidhu, famour cricketer and controversial politician, has claimed that he is a born Congressman and described his joining the party as ‘Ghar Wapsi’ (home coming). Reiterating that he has come back to his roots, Sidhu said his father Sardar Bhagawant Singh Sidhu, a cricketer, had worked for the Congress party for 40 years and participated in freedom movement.  He said he is prepared to work under PCC president Captain Amarinder Singh.

Talking to media persons on Monday, Sidhu said he never bargained with Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal for a position. Kejriwal himself offered the post of deputy chief minister and he did not accept it. “I did not ask for any position. My aspiration is only resurrection of Punjab. I never had any discussions with Kejriwal. The question of discussion arises if I want some position. There was no such question. In fact, Kejriwal wanted to put me out of the race even before it began,” he said.

The former Test cricketer said his mission is to ensure the Badals are not re-elected. He alleged that the Akali Dal-BJP government is hand in glove with drug lords and the drugs are ruining the people of the State. “Bhaag Baadal Bhaag. Punjab ke janataa aa rahi hai (Run Badal run. People of Punjab are coming)” would be his slogan in the campaign against the ruling party across the State. He declared war on Badals in no uncertain terms. He said vested interests have ruined Punjab. Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal described Sidhu as a turncoat. He said Sidhu went for a better bargain and he is a migratory bird.

Asked why he left the BJP, Sidhu said the party never gave him the freedom to decide. “Being an MP, I was not allowed to take any decisions. There was no role for me,” he complained. Why did he choose to join the Congress? It was to find his roots, he said. It is the choice and not the chance that decides your destiny, he commented.

While Sidhu wants to emerge as the principal adversary of Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal, the presumptive chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh said he is going to contest from Lambi constituency against the chief minister. Amarinder Singh was reportedly unhappy at inviting Sidhu into the party. Sidhu’s exuberance and dynamism would unsettle even the strongest of the leaders. Amarinder Singh is no exception.

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