Former Arjuna Award winner basketball player Sajjan Singh Cheema, who represented India in the 1982 Asian Games in Delhi, joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday in the presence of its Punjab affairs in-charge Sanjay Singh and other senior leaders.
“To join the AAP, I took retirement as Punjab Police Service (PPS) officer a year before it was due,” Cheema said at a press conference here after entering politics, adding: “It seems to be the only party serving the interests of the people of Punjab at present. I have been watching its work to bail the state out of drugs menace, and I feel no other party can lift our performance in education and sport.”
Replying to a question, he said a mafia-politician nexus was behind the drug trade and other crimes in the state, although he did not have evidence yet. “In all my career as a police officer, I have never succumbed to any political pressure, and always stood up for what was right,” he added. Cheema belongs to Kapurthala and he won his Arjuna Award in 1999.