Even as the suspense continues over the next political move of cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu and former hockey captain Pargat Singh joined the Congress on Monday.
Congress leaders have so far maintained that Sidhu too will join the party soon and that the modalities are being worked out.
The joining of Navjot Kaur and Pargat is being projected as a big boost for the Congress ahead of next year’s assembly elections. The two along with the former cricketer had also been in talks with the AAP.
Asked about her husband’s entry into the Congress, Navjot Kaur said in a lighter vein: “We are like one soul in two bodies. The body has to follow the soul. How long can soul stay without the body?”
Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh also indicated that the TV personality would follow his wife. “If Mrs Sidhu is here, do you think Mr Sidhu is not going to come with us?” he said. “I have neither met him nor spoken to him. He is still in Mumbai. We will discuss it when he comes to Delhi,” Amarinder told reporters at the Congress headquarters in Delhi.
Navjot Kaur, who hails from Patiala and had been elected to the Punjab assembly from Amritsar East constituency in 2012 on a BJP ticket, insisted that she had joined the Congress unconditionally and will accept whatever responsibility is being assigned to her. She quit the BJP in October, 2016.
On the other hand, Pargat had won the 2012 assembly elections from Jalandhar Cantonment on an SAD ticket. He quit the party in September this year accusing Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal of betraying the trust of the people of the state. Pargat resigned from the assembly over the Sutluj Yamuna Link canal issue on November 16.
Sidhu had formed a new political outfit Awaaz-e-Punjab in September this year along with his wife, Bains brothers, and Pargat Singh.
While the Bains brothers announced an alliance with the AAP last week, Navjot Kaur and Pargat Singh had met the Congress high command on November 23 and joined the party on Monday.