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Once a critic, Dr Sidhu now says Cong best option for Punjab, terms AAP hopeless

Once a serious critic of the Congress, especially of its state unit chief Capt Amarinder Singh, former Bharatiya Janata Party leader Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who will be formally joining the Congress in New Delhi on November 28, now sees it as the “best option” for the people of Punjab.

punjab Updated: Nov 25, 2016 22:57 IST
Aseem Bassi
Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu interacting with the media at her residence in Amritsar on Friday, November 25.
Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu interacting with the media at her residence in Amritsar on Friday, November 25.(Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

Once a serious critic of the Congress, especially of its state unit chief Capt Amarinder Singh, former Bharatiya Janata Party leader Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who will be formally joining the Congress in New Delhi on November 28, now sees it as the “best option” for the people of Punjab.

Back in Amritsar after cementing political ties with the Congress high command, Dr Sidhu not only stressed that she will be contesting the Punjab assembly elections from her present constituency, Amritsar-East, but also claimed that Amarinder has promised her that he will not allow any local Congressman oppose her candidature.

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Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu interacting with the media at her residence in Amritsar on Friday, November 25. (Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

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“I have been brought in by the topmost leaders, and I have categorically told them that I will only contest from the Amritsar-East, from where I won in 2012. I don’t want to start this new innings with any negativity, so I told Capt Amarinder that their should be no rebellion of the Congressmen in the constituency. He has assured me that nobody will oppose it, and he himself will go from door to door with me,” said cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu’s wife.

Dr Sidhu, who was once highly impressed with the working style of Aam Aadmi Party national convener Arvind Kejriwal and his party, also seems to have become its biggest critic now.

“Yes, I felt that Punjab needed a change and 117 new people (MLAs) should be elected so that people can get some relief, but later the AAP turned out to be in a hopeless situation. Its leaders wanted to run party affairs from Delhi, there were accusations of sale of tickets and jokes were being made about it. Under these circumstances, I decided the AAP was not the right option for me,” she said.

Ruling out the BJP as “non-existent” in the state and slamming the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for its “mischief”, Dr Sidhu said the Congress is the best option for Punjab. On Amarinder, she said: “When we are in opposite parties we say a lot of things about each other... Whosoever the party high command chooses for the chief ministerial post, I will accept it.”

Can speak on Sidhu only when he joins party

Asked repeatedly about political plans of her husband and former BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, Dr Sidhu said: “You can ask him about his plans... whether he becomes a star campaigner or Lok Sabha candidate from Amritsar, the Congress or I can only say something after he joins the party.”

Rubbishing accusations of their political detractors, Dr Sidhu said: “the Sidhu couple doesn’t believe in bargaining. The AAP offered me the post of deputy CM, but I did not join the party. The Congress is not offering me any such post, but I still decided to join it as I feel it is the best option.”

Criticising the SAD-BJP’s working, Dr Sidhu said the combine won’t be able to win more than 10-15 seats in the 2017 polls.