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In a first, an Olympian and a cricketer make it to Punjab assembly

assembly elections Updated: Mar 11, 2017 15:00 IST
Saurabh Duggal
Pargat Singh

Pargat Singh celebrating his victory in Jalandhar.(Pardeep Pandit/HT)

Former Indian cricketer and now a television personality, Navjot Singh Sidhu, and former Indian hockey skipper Pargat Singh have won their respective seats with a comfortable margin to enter the Punjab Vidhan Sabha. Both the former sports stars had joined the Congress barely two weeks before the February 4 elections, results of which were declared on Saturday.

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Sidhu, a three-time Lok Sabha MP from Amritsar as a BJP representative, won his first state assembly elections from Amritsar East, a seat represented by her wife Navjot Kaur in the previous assembly. Arjuna Awardee and Olympian Pargat, who earlier won the Jalandhar Cantonment seat on SAD ticket, won this time as a Congress candidate. He had quit the SAD last year.

Former wrestling great Kartar Singh and former Indian basketball skipper Sajjan Singh Cheema lost their elections. They were contesting on AAP ticket from Tarn Taran and Sultanpur Lodhi, respectively. Both the Arjuna awardees had entered electoral politics for the first time.