Congress reiterates: We are not in talks with Navjot Singh Sidhu

A close aide of Amarinder Singh that Sidhu was in talks with Congress and he wanted a couple of seats for the members of his outfit.

Written by Kanchan Vasdev | Chandigarh | Published:October 15, 2016 2:11 am
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Senior Congress leaders on Friday tried to dispel rumors of cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu was in talks with party strategist Prashant Kishor for a place in the party.

Congress general secretary and state affairs in-charge Asha Kumari asked, “Who is PK? He is a strategist for media for ‘prachaar’ (publicity) not for organisation matters.”

“Congress comprises its president, vice president, Punjab Congress president, I and all legislators. None of us have given any statement anywhere. If somebody from the Congress is meeting him, it has not been authorised by the party,” she said.

When asked whether there would be a merger with Sidhu’s outfit Awaaz-e-Punjab, Kumari said, “How could a merger be possible when theirs is not even a political party yet. We keep saying he is welcome to join us unconditionally,” she said.

Amarinder, speaking on the same issue, said, “If Sidhu was speaking to PK, who was PK speaking to [in the Congress]?” he asked, maintaining that Sidhu was not in touch with the party. We will not tolerate indiscipline. Our stand is clear. The way we asked Jagmeet Brar to leave.”

A close aide of Amarinder, however, told The Indian Express that Sidhu was in talks with Congress and he wanted a couple of seats for the members of his outfit including a Lok Sabha seat from Amritsar.