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Former BJP MLA Navjot Kaur Sidhu, ex-Olympian Pargat Singh join Congress

Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu and former Olympian Pargat Singh joined the Congress party, in Delhi on Monday.

punjab Updated: Nov 29, 2016 00:26 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Former BJP MLA and wife of Navjot Singh Sidhu, Navjot Kaur Sidhu, along with former Olympian Pargat Singh joins Congress party, at a news conference in New Delhi on Monday.(PTI Photo)

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 will also 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 the next year’s Punjab assembly elections.

Asked about her husband’s entry into the Congress, Navjot Kaur said: “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.

On the other hand, Pargat had won the 2012 assembly elections from Jalandhar Cantonment on a 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 Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal issue on November 16.

Along with Bains brothers -- Simarjeet and Balwinder – and Pargat, Sidhu had formed a new political outfit Awaaz-e-Punjab in September. The Bains brothers announced an alliance with the AAP last week.

Also read | Body has to follow the soul: Navjot Kaur about Sidhu, after joining Congress

First Published: Nov 28, 2016 18:30 IST