Chandigarh: Harbhajan Singh after announcing his retirement from cricket hinted that he might serve the state of Punjab via politics. There are speculations of him to join Congress ahead of the Punjab assembly elections. On Saturday he stated that he will make an announcement if he joins any political party. "I know politicians from every party...Will serve Punjab, maybe via politics or something else. No decision has been taken yet."
The speculations were triggered after Harbhajan recently met Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, a picture of which was tweeted by Sidhu. "Picture loaded with possibilities...With Bhajji the shining star," Sidhu had written.
Earlier before Harbhajan had a meeting with Navjot Singh Sidhu, it was reported that the Bhartiya Janta Party was trying to rope in Harbhajan for Punjab. Harbhajan stated that the news is fake.
On Friday, as he announced the end of his cricket career, he said he is not averse to joining politics but a lot of factors have to be taken into consideration before he makes a decision. "Frankly speaking, I don't know what's in store for me. I just want a couple of days to figure out in which direction I would like to move. Yes, I want to give back to society," Harbhajan told PTI in an interview. "If I join politics, how and in what form, I need to figure those things out as main aim is to help people if I at all take the plunge," he added.
In the 2019 Lok Sabha election, the BJP was reportedly in talks with Harbhajan to field him from the Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency. At that time, the cricketer confirmed the talks and said he was not sure whether it was the right time for him to join politics.
After announcing his retirement, Harbhajan Singh on Saturday said that he has offers from multiple political parties to join them.