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This is homecoming: Navjot Singh Sidhu on joining Congress

Sidhu is expected to contest the February 4 Punjab assembly election from Amritsar East, part of the Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency.

Published: 16th January 2017 12:10 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th January 2017 01:06 PM   |  A+A-

Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu addressing a press conference in New Delhi on Monday. (EPS | Shekhar Yadav )

By IANS

NEW DELHI:  A day after his formal induction into the party, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu termed his joining the Congress as his "homecoming" and launched a broadside against Punjab's ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).

"I am a born Congressman. This is a homecoming for me," Sidhu said. 

"This (election) is a fight for Punajb's existence, its self-respect.... Punjab which was once known for Green Revolution, now is notorious for 'chitta' (a lethal synthetic drug popular among the youths of the state).

"Akali Dal too started as a 'jamaat' (gathering of pure) but now has turned into a private property," he said. 

He said that his father too was a Congressman, and waged the freedom struggle as a member of Kirti Ghadar Party. 

Sidhu is expected to contest the February 4 Punjab assembly election from Amritsar East, part of the Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency which he represented for the Bharatiya Janata Party from 2004 to 2014.
 



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