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Punjab election results 2017: Sidhu set to score big in his Congress innings

LiveMint logoLiveMint 11-03-2017 Mayank Aggarwal

New Delhi: From being a firebrand cricketer to a cricket commentator and from being a comedy show judge to a political leader, Navjot Singh Sidhu has been anything but dull, with his passion and energy intact in all his roles. But interestingly, the 53-year-old’s Twitter account, which was buzzing with election activities till 30 January, has been quiet since then.

The maverick leader is probably only waiting for Punjab assembly’s election results to be announced before he comes out all guns blazing with his witty remarks and catchy dialogues.

As exit polls indicated a close battle with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Punjab, a strong show by the Congress will surely signal a start for a new innings for the former Indian cricketer.

Trouble started between Sidhu and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after the two-time Lok Sabha MP from Amritsar was asked to step aside for Arun Jaitley during the 2014 parliamentary elections. But Jaitley lost the seat to Congress’s Amarinder Singh. Since then, the relations soured.

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To placate him, the Narendra Modi government nominated him as a Rajya Sabha member in April last year but within a few months, in July, he resigned from the seat. Later, in September he resigned from the party as well. His wife, Navjot Kaur, too followed suit and resigned from the BJP in October.

Navjot Kaur was a legislative assembly member representing Amritsar east, the same seat from where her husband fought the 2017 Punjab assembly elections under the Congress banner.

AAP too had wooed Sidhu but after several rounds of hard bargaining he didn’t join the party. Along with Pargat Singh and Bains brothers, he formed Aawaaz-e-Punjab, a party to work for the betterment of Punjab, but in mid-January 2017 he finally joined the Congress.

Popular among people for his superb oratory skills, Sidhu has also been part of reality television show Big Boss and regularly appears on a comedy show hosted by Kapil Sharma.

Sidhu has had a long, illustrious and successful cricket career. He made his debut in 1983 and retired from international cricket in 1999.

After joining the Congress in January, Sidhu in his trademark style said he has back to his roots and he was born to be part of the Congress. With the trends showing he is leading in the elections, his latest innings with the Congress may prove as successful as his TV and cricket stint.

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