Born in a family of weavers, the Aam Aadmi is today a lawmaker of the country, knitting a new career after draftsman and college teacher.
Sadhu Singh, 73, winner of this Lok Sabha seat for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), has his origins at Manuke village, now in Moga district. In 1961, joining the irrigation department in Chandigarh as draftsman gave him the opportunity to continue his education in the evening college of Panjab University, from where he collected the MA-English degree. It helped him switch to teaching.
But he himself was to find a "teacher". "I had no ambition to enter politics until a book by AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal influenced me." It was a long journey to Parliament, nevertheless.
For 28 years since 1971, he was English lecturer in Government Brijindra College here mainly. Post retirement in 1999, he moved to KK Marvah Girls' College, a private institute, devoted time to reciting poetry, and wrote poetic anthologies "Pyasi Mehakand" and "Salib Te Sargam".
As the professor from Harindra Nagar promoted sports and cultural activists in college, it brought him into contact with many people, which paid him dividend in the Lok Sabha contest. "The credit of my victory," he says, "also goes to my students, besides the common man."