Navjot Singh Sidhu

Former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday officially joined the Congress Party. Congress leader and former Union minister Ajay Maken felicitated the cricketer-turned-politician.

In a press conference Monday morning, Mr Sidhu said, “I am a born Congressman… I am just returning to my party.” Mr Sidhu is likely to contest the upcoming Punjab assembly polls from the Amritsar East constituency.

Hitting out at the ruling party’s governance in Punjab, Mr Sidhu said, “Punjab, which was known as the Wheat Bowl of India, has been reduced to a poor state due to the apathy of political parties…”

Speaking on the issues of drugs in the state, the former cricketer said, “Films are being made on the misery of Punjab, Congress will wipe out drug menace from Punjab.”

Navjot Singh Sidhu and his wife Navjot Kaur had quit the Bhartiy Janata Party last year over differences with the top leadership. The cricketer-turned-politician had represented Amritsar in the Lok Sabha between 2004 and 2014 on BJP’s ticket.

Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur joined Congress in November last year. The party had left it to Mr Sidhu and his wife to decide who would contest from the seat in upcoming Punjab elections. Two weeks ago, Mrs Kaur had said that her husband may contest from the Amritsar East.