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Sidhu most welcome in the party, says Congress

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New Delhi, Oct 21 : Congress on Friday said that cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu is “most welcome in the party” if he recognizes the leadership and the values of the party.

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Amid speculation over Sidhu joining the Congress, Punjab party chief Amarinder Singh on Friday said “anyone willing to accept the party’s policies is welcome”.

Congress party spokesperson Ajoy Kumar told reporters on Friday that if Sidhu decides to join the party “it would be a wise decision on his part” and the Congress would welcome his decision.

Amarinder Singh said the issue had not been discussed during a meeting with Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, to discuss the strategy for the upcoming Punjab assembly elections.

“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.

To a question whether Sidhu was joining Congress, party spokesperson Ajoy Kumar reiterated the words of Amarinder Singh.

“Captain Amrinder Singh has always said publicly that he is most welcome to join the Congress Party,” said Kumar.

“If Sidhu recognizes the leadership and the values of the Congress party and joins it, it would be a wise decision on his part and we welcome his wisdom.”

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.

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PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti released from detention after 14 months

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Jammu, 13 Oct : Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti was on Tuesday released from detention. “PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti is being released from detention,” said Jammu and Kashmir administration spokesperson Rohit Kansal.

A government order issued on Tuesday night said her detention was being revoked with immediate effect.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration in July had extended her detention by three months under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA).

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Swimming pools for training of sportspersons to open with SOP from Oct 15

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SAD breaks alliance with BJP Leaves NDA in protest against farmers ordinance

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Chandigarh, 26 Sep : The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has severed its alliance with the BJP. The Akali Dal had a 22-year-old alliance with the BJP.

The decision was taken after a meeting of the Akali Dal’s Kaur Committee which lasted for more than four hours today. Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal addressed the press after the meeting and announced that he would no longer be a part of BJP-NDA.

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