Sidhu may contest from Amritsar as Congress nominee

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Sidhu may contest from Amritsar as Congress nominee


New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu met Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi amid speculations that he would join the party.

The meeting lasted over 30 minutes.

Speculations are also rife that Sidhu could contest from Amritsar (East) seat — the one currently held by his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu.

His wife, who joined the Congress earlier, had dropped ample hints that he would contest the upcoming state polls on the party ticket.

“Sidhu is likely to join very soon. He will meet Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh in a couple of days, finalise his date of joining and decide his role,” a party insider told IANS.

The meeting came only hours after the Congress suffered a major setback in the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation elections, winning just four out of 26 seats.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept the elections by winning 20 of the 26 seats, thus retaining its control over the civic body.

Both Sidhu and his wife had resigned from the BJP. He had also quit the Rajya Sabha seat as a nominated member.