Amarinder Singh does not rule out Sidhu’s entry into Congress

New Delhi, Oct 21 (IANS) Amid speculation over cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu joining the Congress, Punjab party chief Amarinder Singh on Friday said “anyone willing to accept the party’s policies is welcome”.

Amarinder Singh said the issue was not discussed during a meeting with Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi.

Singh met Gandhi to discuss the strategy for the upcoming Punjab assembly elections on Friday.

“No, Navjot Sidhu was not discussed in the meeting. Anybody interested in accepting policies and programmes of the Congress party is welcome to join us,” Singh, former Punjab Chief Minister, told reporters after the meeting.

Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, who quit the Bharatiya Janata Party, floated a new political forum ‘Awaaz-e-Punjab’ last month.

There has been speculation that the Congress was contemplating an alliance with Sidhu’s outfit ahead of the elections in Punjab and that Sidhu could be offered a senior position if the combine wins in the elections.

Amarinder Singh had earlier said that Sidhu fits better in comedy shows.

Sidhu resigned from the Rajya Sabha on July 18 and formally quit the BJP on September 14.