“He can go to any extreme to maintain a relationship and the very next moment cut himself off at slightest provocation. Temperamental and sort of maverick,” sums up a Punjab-based journalist who tracked him for years, before the cricketer-turned-politician just shut himself off.
That perhaps describes the 57-year old, who now takes over reins of Punjab Congress which has been bursting at the seams with dissensions in the last few months. Barely four years into joining the Congress party, Navjot Singh Sidhu now is in command of the State unit marking a generational shift in Congress’s State politics which has so far seen Captain Amarinder Singh firmly entrenched.
‘Master of All Trades, Jack of None’, the Twitter bio of the former cabinet minister perhaps indicative of his political ambitions and the knack to fight among adverse situations. Tagged as the ‘outsider’, he joined the Congress party in 2017 after having dumped the BJP following his fall out with senior BJP leader, Arun Jaitley.
From having praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi to vilifying him, from glorifying Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to virtually ripping him off on social media, Sidhu has been unsparing when it came to nurturing his political interests.
Known for what has been termed as ‘Sidhuisms’, his one-liners have been a hit not only in cricket, politics, entertainment but whichever party he chose to contest from. His oratorical flair is something every party decided to use to its advantage.