Congressman Navjot Singh Sidhu calls it homecoming, fight for Punjab

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Navjot Singh Sidhu's first press conference as Congressman
Navjot Singh Sidhu's first press conference as Congressman

New Delhi : Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday addressed a press conference to reveal his formal induction into the Congress Party, claimed it as 'homecoming'.

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

"This (election) is a fight for Punjab'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.

Talking about why he left Bharatiya Janata Party, Navjot Singh Sidhu said that the saffron party chose for an alliance but he opted for Punjab.

He also justified his family connection with the part and said 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.

(with IANS inputs)