16/01/2017 12:38 PM IST | Updated 16/01/2017 12:39 PM IST

Navjot Singh Sidhu: I'm A Born Congressman, This Is Homecoming For Me

He is expected to contest the 4 Feb Punjab assembly election from Amritsar East.

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NEW DELHI -- A day after his formal induction into the party, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu termed his joining the Congress as his "homecoming" and launched a broadside against Punjab's ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).

I am a born Congressman. This is a homecoming for me.Navjot Singh Sidhu

"This (election) is a fight for Punajb's existence, its self-respect... Punjab which was once known for Green Revolution, now is notorious for 'chitta' (a lethal synthetic drug popular among the youths of the state).

"Akali Dal too started as a 'jamaat' (gathering of pure) but now has turned into a private property," he said.

He said that his father too was a Congressman, and waged the freedom struggle as a member of Kirti Ghadar Party.

Sidhu is expected to contest the February 4 Punjab assembly election from Amritsar East, part of the Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency which he represented for the Bharatiya Janata Party from 2004 to 2014.

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