CHANDIGARH, (July 19 , Bureau) : Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said former Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu was welcome to join the Congress, if he desired to do so. “Congress party’s doors are open for everyone,” he remarked.
However, Capt Amarinder clarified that there was no communication between him and Sidhu on the matter. Asked whether any Congress leader was in touch with Sidhu, he said, “not to my knowledge”.
In an informal conversation with select group of reporters at his residence here today, the PCC president said, that Sidhu had a Congress background as his father late Bhagwant Singh Sidhu had remained an office bearer of the District Congress Committee, Patiala.
“When my mother was DCC Patiala, president Sidhu’s father was her general secretary”, he said, while referring to long association of the Sidhu family with the Congress. He said, later he served as the Advocate General of Punjab during Mr Darbara Singh’s regime.
Asked whether he had met Sidhu of late, Capt Amarinder said, “we are both from Patiala and we are both Sidhus”. He said he had seen him playing and practicing cricket when he was young. “I don’t remember having met him for a long time now”, he added.
Replying to another question whether Congress party will initiate any move to invite him to join the Congress, the PCC president pointed out, “he is yet to resign from the BJP”.
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