I have only come back to my parent party, says Sidhu


Navjot-Singh-SiddhuCricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, who resigned from the BJP a day earlier and joined the Congress, is addressing his first press conference on January 16.

If two countries can solve issues through negotiation why can’t two individuals, asked Sidhu on his ties with the Punjab Congress chief. “It does not fell out of place on joining Congress; I have only joined my parent party,” said Sidhu.

Rahul Gandhi welcomed Sidhu into the party with open arms on January 15 in New Delhi. The former cricketer who is more known for his on-the-spot poetry, is likely to contest from Amritsar East constituency during the coming Punjab Assembly polls.

Sidhu earlier resigned from the Rajya Sabha and the BJP on September 14, had also toyed with the idea of joining Aam Aadmi Party, before joining the Congress.

His wife, Navjot Kaur joined Congress on November 28 last year.

Addressing reporters, Sidhu said, “The BJP kicked me out from my home. I want to develop Punjab and I can do so only by contesting in the polls.” However, he stopped short of commenting on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“Youths are the pillar of the population in the state. We have to bring them up and make them confident. While on the drug menace in Punjab, Sidhu said, “More than one crore population in Punjab are youths. We have to infuse confidence in them. Drugs are a sad reality in Punjab.”

Only talking on the issue would not help solve the drug issue in the state; there must be a policy in this regard, which must be effectively implemented, he added.

Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh had said sometime ago that Sidhu’s entry was only a matter of time.