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‘No reservation on Navjot Sidhu joining Congress’

Patiala: Amid speculations over former BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu joining the party, Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday said he has no “reservation whatsoever” to the cricketer-turned-politician and other leaders of Awaaz-e-Punjab joining the Congress.

Singh said he had always maintained that Sidhu and all other leaders who repose faith in the Congress’ leadership and its policies were welcome to join the party.

“I don’t know why I’m being asked this question repeatedly,” the former Chief Minister told reporters here, adding that his stand on the issue had always been clear.

“In fact, I was the one who told Sidhu, when he left the BJP, that he should join the Congress,” the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president said.

“Whether it’s Sidhu or the Bains brothers (referring to Independent MLAs Simarjit and Balwinder who are part of Sidhu’s front) or Pargat Singh, the doors of my party have always been open to them,” Singh said, adding that these were people “who had their roots in the Congress and could not possibly remain away from the party for long”.

Maintaining that his stand on the issue had always been clear and categorical, Amarinder said, that eventually, the interests of the party are supreme.

“And if the party is strengthened by the joining of like-minded people, we can only gain from any such development,” he said.

Notably, Singh had repeatedly said that there was no talk going on with Sidhu’s forum in the wake of coming Punjab Assembly polls.

On the other hand, Awaaz-e-Punjab member and Independent MLA Simarjit Singh had earlier claimed that Sidhu was in touch with Congress high command for alliance.


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