Navjot Sidhu’s wife joins Congress, says it’s the only platform for a stable govt in Punjab

On being asked if her husband will join the party, Navjot said, "Hum do shareer ek aatma hai, fir ek durse ke bina kab tak reh paenge? (We are two bodies one soul, how can we live separately)"

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 28, 2016 9:06 pm
navjot sidhu, congress Navjot Sidhu at Congress’ press conference.

Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu and former Olympian Pargat Singh on Monday joined the Congress party. At a press conference in the national capital, a formal announcement in this regard was made in presence of senior Congress leaders, including party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.

Pargat and Kaur met the Congress high command here last week to seal the deal. Later, both met Punjab Congress President Captain Amarinder Singh and discussed the formalities of their joining the party.

On being asked if her husband will join the party, Navjot said, “Hum do shareer ek aatma hai, fir ek durse ke bina kab tak reh paenge? (We are two bodies one soul how can we live separately)”.  She later also said that Congress is the only platform for a stable government in Punjab.

Elections to the Punjab assembly are likely to be held early next year.

Joining the party at AICC headquarters in the presence of Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh and party’s incharge of state Congress affairs Asha Kumari, Navjot Kaur said “we are soul mates and you will know soon”.

When posed the same question, Amarinder said Sidhu was in Mumbai and will come soon after which discussions will be held with him. “But with his wife in Congress fold, I am sure he will join soon,” he said. Officially welcomed Navjot Kaur and Pargat Singh to the Congress, Amarinder said.

Asked if they will contest the upcoming polls, Navjot Kaur and former Hockey Olympian Pargat Singh said they have joined the party unconditionally and will abide with whatever the party leadership decided. Both were, however, ready to contest from their respective Amritsar East and Jalandhar Cantt assembly seats.

To a question the Congress’ Jaipur resolution that new entrants should have a colling off period, Amarinder said the “Congress President will take a final call on this issue”.

Navjot and Pargat had met the party’s top leadership last week and later met Amarinder before sealing the deal.

With their joining Congress, which is in political wilderness in the state for the past decade, got a shot in its arm as it is striving to get back to power in Punjab after having lost out to ruling Akali-BJP combine for the past two consecutive polls.

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. Pargat, who had won the 2012 Assembly elections from Jalandhar Cantt on SAD ticket, quit the party in September this year.

Along with former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu, he formed the outfit Awaaz-e-Punjab, a new front which now stands defunct after the Bains brothers decided to support and align with AAP.

(With inputs from PTI)

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First Published on: November 28, 2016 5:13 pm
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    Jim
    Nov 28, 2016 at 3:16 pm
    Khujliwal ko ek aur jhatka
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      Nazeer Rahman
      Nov 28, 2016 at 12:22 pm
      Great News, we need good people like pargat singh and Sidhu which can make Congress stronger and save our great country from One man made disasters.
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        avi
        Nov 28, 2016 at 9:20 pm
        Every turncoat politician talks about 'stability' and that refers to their own aspirational position that they have negotiated !
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          Balgit
          Nov 28, 2016 at 12:10 pm
          The Atma leaves bodies, just like Sidduji is leaving political parties
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            Dev Verma
            Nov 28, 2016 at 3:02 pm
            Biggest ever mistakes of sidhu's he had respect and honor in BJP and in congress he will be like borrowed dog to bark at its owner but I am pretty sure both wife and husband are going to loose this time and people of India will see them in juke's box for good.
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              romi
              Nov 28, 2016 at 3:02 pm
              no ethics no conscience lt;br/gt;mr and mrs sidhu are the new slaves of his lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;congress now has two jokers
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                romi
                Nov 28, 2016 at 3:02 pm
                no ethics no conscience lt;br/gt;mr and mrs sidhu are the new slaves of his lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;congress now has two jokers
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                  romi
                  Nov 28, 2016 at 3:04 pm
                  people of minority community still love the corrupted his and still dream of them coming to power
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                    romi
                    Nov 28, 2016 at 3:04 pm
                    people of minority community still love the corrupted his and still dream of them coming to power
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                      vinayak
                      Nov 29, 2016 at 10:40 am
                      Dal badaloo. Ha ha ha thoko tali
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                        NArayan
                        Nov 28, 2016 at 1:34 pm
                        good you realized that cong is weak due to his..
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                          NArayan
                          Nov 28, 2016 at 12:08 pm
                          thoko thaali....
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                            NArayan
                            Nov 28, 2016 at 12:08 pm
                            thoko thaali....
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                              IML sood
                              Nov 28, 2016 at 6:11 pm
                              Atleast many will agree that Sidhu family has given a big jolt to Khujli's party. They were saints if they join them but the moment they join others they are villains now. What a double and selfish standard of AAP. Perhaps on the other hand there decision may be a big set back for them as Cong. future in India including Panjab is in danger, if recent Maharashtra results give any indications.
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                                LC
                                Nov 28, 2016 at 3:18 pm
                                Well this joker won a lot of votes for facists ...the joker has come to his senses
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                                  LC
                                  Nov 28, 2016 at 3:17 pm
                                  better than loving facist
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                                    Manu USA
                                    Nov 28, 2016 at 3:00 pm
                                    It's shame. Sidhu proved to be son of Congress man. He cannot change. Greed will kill his carrier.
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                                      Michael Xavier
                                      Nov 28, 2016 at 1:40 pm
                                      Let Congress be reborn now with new faces
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                                        indian(ncr)
                                        Nov 28, 2016 at 12:15 pm
                                        so finally Navjot Singh Siddu, Navjot Kaur Siddu finally got political father a care take for which siddhu couple tried for deal now finally deal settle down. Hopes now Siddhu couple was very much hungry to server the people of Punjab and also the people of Punjab their hands open to accept the services from the Siddhu couple. All the Best Navjot singh Siddhu and Navjot Kaur siddhu
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                                          Raju Menon
                                          Nov 28, 2016 at 4:07 pm
                                          Sidhu and his wife were shopping for the better deal for themselves under the garb of serving Punjab.
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                                            comet
                                            Nov 28, 2016 at 4:17 pm
                                            a wise move, others will follow suit as they come out of the hang of jhumlas
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