Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday, had an emotional reunion with his wife and children after spending two nights in prison in connection with his conviction in a culpable homicide case.
For once, the usually garrulous BJP star campaigner was short for words and broke down on meeting his doctor wife Navjot Kaur, son Karan and daughter Rabia at Dukhniwaran Sahib gurdwara after his release from Patiala Central Jail.
He just hugged and kissed them, while Kaur heaved a sigh of relief and thanked the people of Punjab for the "support and love" shown in their hour of grief.
Head granthi Bhai Sukhdev Singh bestowed siropas (holy sashes of honour) on Sidhu and his family as they entered the gurdwara amid a gurbani recital of Jis Ke Sir Upper Tu Swami So Dukh Kaisa Pave (He who holds his head high cannot be overcome by sorrow).
The former Amritsar Lok Sabha MP said he was meeting his family after "a very long time" and also thanked the people of Punjab for praying for him.
He then went back to his trademark ways, doling out 'Siddhuisms' and recited a poem written during his two-day stay in jail, reflecting his "anger" against Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
Sidhu and his friend Rupinder Singh Sandhu were convicted and sentenced to three years in prison for causing the death of a Patiala resident in 1988.
The Supreme Court on Friday granted them bail and Sidhu's plea for stay on the conviction is due for hearing on January 17.