Navjot Singh Sidhu files nomination from Amritsar East, says not a personal fight

"I am not fighting the election for myself. I don't want any post," Sidhu told reporters after filing his nomination in the constituency.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: January 18, 2017 1:27 pm
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Former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu filed his nomination as a Congress candidate from the Amritsar East constituency for the upcoming Punjab elections. Sidhu, who was a BJP Rajya Sabha MP earlier, had joined the Congress last week in the presence of party vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

“I am not fighting the election for myself. I don’t want any post,” Sidhu told reporters after filing his nomination in the constituency.

“This time, Punjab has to win, Punjabiyat has to win, every Punjabi has to win. The one who unifies will get respect. The one who creates rift will get disrespect,” the Congress leader was quoted saying by news agency ANI.

Amritsar East, which elected Sidhu’s wife in 2012 as a BJP candidate, was eventually confirmed even as there were reports in media that the Congress leader might be pitched against SAD leader and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal in Jalalabad. Sidhu’s entry into the Congress came after several months of speculation and a failed attempt by the former cricketer to establish a third-front party.

Sidhu’s jump into elections comes on the same day when Captain Amarinder Singh, who heads the Congress campaign, filed his nomination papers from Lambi constituency where he is contesting against chief minister and SAD leader Prakash Singh Badal. Singh is also fighting from his hometown Patiala seat.

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  1. B
    Jan 19, 2017 at 12:04 am
    You want only post and money. Refer your old statements about Congress before praising Congress. Will you able to accommodate with Amrinder Singh? In future you will feel ashamed what ber you have committed by joining Corrupt Congress. Just wait and see.
    1. I
      IML sood
      Jan 18, 2017 at 6:55 pm
      See the bitterness and frustration of Khujli's Aaptards. When Sidhu was in discussion with Khujli he was honest,hardworking and respectable but now when he will give be giving bamboo to AAP he was a planted man. A clear doomsday is visible for cheater of Delhi In Panjab as Khujli's supporters have and are going in their s before facing defeat.
      1. G
        Jan 18, 2017 at 8:29 am
        He calls others guru since he has no mind of his own, A Aaya Ram a Ram. Shameless back stabber,Worthless.
        1. Vishnu Sharma
          Jan 19, 2017 at 2:01 am
          Sidhu's entry in punjab politics have certainly ushered in fresh wave and new equations in a otherwise field of routine rhetorics.He is bold nd blunt.His wit nd humour will generate heat in voters in a chilly election campaign.
          1. A
            Jan 18, 2017 at 12:04 pm
            Thank you Sidhu ji for leaving BJP and then making you way to the Congress via AAP, just for the sake of people of Punjab. People of Punjab will always remain indebted to you for your selfless service to their cause..
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