Cricketer-turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday met Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, fueling speculations about him getting a bigger role in upcoming elections. The meeting comes on a day when Congress suffered a major defeat in Chandigarh civic polls.
The Awaaz-e-Punjab leader reportedly held a 45-minute meeting with the Gandhi scion in New Delhi where he is believed to have discussed his party’s merger with the Congress.
After launching ‘Awaaz-e-Punjab’ Sidhu had said that his party will contest all 117 assembly seats in the Punjab Assembly elections to be held in 2017. Later, he said his party won’t be a political outfit, it will be a forum for good governance and welcome any alliance that work for the betterment of Punjab.
It is notable that Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur had recently joined Congress last month on November 23 in presence of Party President Captain Amarinder Singh. Back then, she had hinted that Navjot Singh Sidhu is likely to join the party but needs time.
“I can tell you that I have met him. I hope very soon he will be making his announcement. I found him in a very positive frame of mind. I hope it will be a positive decision,” Amarinder said. Amarinder had said that he does not think that Sidhu is interested in contesting Amritsar Lok Sabha by elections and is likely to campaign for the party.
Sidhu’s entry into Congress has been speculated for a long time now. His wife Navjot Kaur joined the party recently, giving ample indications that he would also come on board.