Former Bharatiya Janata Party leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has announced that he will contest this assembly election from the Amritsar assembly constituency on a Congress ticket. According to reports, Navjot Singh Sidhu got a promise from the party that he will be made the deputy chief minister under Capt Amarinder Singh if it wins the elections.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy Sukhbir Singh Badal have announced that they will contest the upcoming assembly election from their traditional constituencies i.e. Lambi and Jalalabad respectively.
The latest opinion poll on Punjab ahead of the elections conducted by India Today-Axis, gives the Congress the upper hand with a chance to win as many as 56-62 seats.
On the other hand, the AAP is expected to emerge the second largest party with 36-41 seats and SAD-BJP combine may win just 18-22 seats.
Captain Amarinder Singh has been picked by respondents as the most favored face to become next chief minister of the state with 34% voting in his favor. That the scam allegations have not really dented Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s image much is evident from the fact that he came in second with 22% opting for him.
AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal was third with just 16%, indicating that he has not been able to move the masses much in his favour despite months of campaigning in the state.
Amarinder Singh said that Sidhu will contest from Amritsar East for Congress.
Amarinder Singh also said that Navjot Singh Sidhu will contest from the constituency of his wife, Navjot Kaur Sidhu. The cricketer-turned-politician had resigned from the BJP on September 14, 2016.
Last month, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Amarinder had met in Delhi and discussed the former’s plans for Punjab. Sidhu had formally resigned from the BJP on September 14 and before that on July 18, he had resigned from the Rajya Sabha seat to which he was nominated in April this year. His wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu, an MLA from Amritsar (East) had also resigned from the saffron party on October 8 and after which she also resigned from the Assembly.