Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu may contest the Punjab Assembly elections from Amritsar East, according to his wife Dr. Navjot Kaur who recently joined the Congress party. "He (Navjot Singh Sidhu) will tentatively contest Assembly elections from Amritsar East.”
Dr Sidhu said that the cricketer-turned-politician will be reaching Amritsar as soon as the ticket is announced, minutes after the Election Commission declared the dates for the assembly polls for the northern state.
"Navjot Singh Sidhu is in regular touch with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and PPCC chief Captain Amarinder Singh. Various rounds of meetings have taken place with the top brass of the Congress. They are preparing an itinerary for Sidhu and whenever they say, Sidhu will join Congress,” she said.
"The party high command and senior leadership are going ahead very cautiously and want to weed out the threat of rebel factor at an early stage. So before announcing another list, the party high command is talking to possible rebels and pacify them by showing surveys and other elements kept in mind by the party,” she said explaining the delay in the announcement from the Congress.
Election Commission on Wednesday announced the poll schedule for Punjab Assembly Elections.Punjab will go to polls on February 4.
Counting of Punjab elections will be held on March 11.
Both Sidhu and his wife had quit the BJP last year over differences with the top leadership. Navjot Kaur, who hails from Patiala, contested on a BJP ticket and won in 2012. She was also the Chief Parliamentary Secretary in the current Akali-BJP government but later quit the party in October.
Sidhu, who had represented Amritsar in the Lok Sabha between 2004 and 2014, had accused BJP of using him as a "decorative piece” and trying to keep him out of Punjab.
After resigning from the BJP, Sidhu had also formed a new political front in Punjab with India’s former hockey captain Pargat Singh and Punjab MLAs Simarjit Singh Bains and Balwant Singh Bains. He had named the front, Aawaaz-e-Punjab”.