Sidhu not keen on wife contesting from Bathinda, says he’ll not be able to canvass

Chandigarh: Punjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has told the party top bosses that he would not be able to do justice to his wife’s campaign if she is fielded from Bathinda Lok Sabha seat.

The Congress high command had asked Sidhu whether his wife Navjot Kaur could fight from Bathinda seat.
Kaur wanted ticket to contest from Chandigarh.

But Congress has yet again fielded its old warhorse Pawan Kumar Bansal from that seat.

Bathinda is being viewed as a big battle in Punjab as it is represented by Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, wife of Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Sidhu, who was on Thursday campaigning at Wayanad in Kerala, said: “I am honoured by the offer, but I told the party that I will not be able to canvass in Bathinda for my wife while crisscrossing the country for the party’s campaign. It will not be fair to her or to the party.”

The waiting game is still on between the Congress and the Akalis on Bathinda and Ferozepur seats ever since Sukhbir has given indications that both he and Harsimrat could contest from the two segments.