Punjabi man Jagjit Singh 'Jag' Chugha (39), played a key role in the victory of The Liberal Party who convincingly won the elections in Australia.
Singh, who migrated from Moga in 1976, has become the first Punjabi candidate of the Liberal Party to run for a Federal seat Down Under.
He contested from Scullin seat (Victoria), considered a opposition Labour Party stronghold, and was able to achieve massive 6% swing towards his party, as compared to Australian national average which was 4.5% swing to the party, but was not sufficient to win the seat.
Even though Jag, missed winning his seat but was happy with the result and his party's perfomance.
"With a short campaign like this, the result achieved was remarkable, and the credit goes to the structured campaign orchestrated by the team and the volunteers who assisted us in the journey", said Jag, adding that even the opposition parties were impressed with the impact of the Liberal party in Scullin.
He further said that he was very thankful to his campaign team, Liberal party, political supporters and mentors, his community and the media for their efforts and support.
Jag, who has done all his studies in Australia, earned degrees in laws and commerce, and worked as a lawyer for more than 15 years.
He now is a senior counsel at a top 100 Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) listed company.
His father, Pritam Singh Chugha, stood in the last state elections and introduced him to the Liberal Party several years ago.
Jag was his campaign director, which strengthened his ties with the party, and he went on to build its Thomastown branch and become its chairman.
It was inadvertently reported in today's edition that Jagjit Singh Chugha had won the Scullin seat. It is clarified that Andrew Giles of the Labor Party won that seat and Liberal Party won the overall election. The error is regretted.