Senior Congress leader and former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday met party vice president Rahul Gandhi to discuss the forthcoming assembly elections in the state.
Amarinder clarified that former BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu’s possible entry into the party was not discussed in the meeting. However, he added that anyone who was willing to ‘accept policies and programs of Congress’ was welcome into the party. The meeting was also attended by senior leader Asha Kumari.
Amarinder had given a similar statement earlier when the news of Sidhu’s resignation from the BJP surfaced. Currently, Sidhu has floated a new platform called ‘Awaz-e-Punjab’ and has clarified that he will not be contesting the elections this time. His wife, Navjot Kaur Sidhu, also resigned from the BJP.
Amarinder’s rival and former Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa has however made a strong appeal for Sidhu’s entry into the party, calling him a ‘youth icon.’ There were reports that Sidhu could be offered the post of deputy chief minister, which Congress leaders have denied.
Bajwa told the Indian Express that ‘every singe MLA, every single vote’ was crucial for the Congress in the forthcoming elections.