Ex-sportspersons and their relatives win in Punjab elections

Updated: Mar 06, 2012, 17:50 PM IST

New Delhi: Former India hockey captain Pargat Singh on Tuesday scored another victory, but this time on political turf as he became an MLA after winning from the Jalandhar Cantt constituency in the Punjab Assembly elections.

46-year-old Pargat, who gave India several memorable come-from-behind victories, was a candidate of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), who are now all set to form the government in Punjab.

Pargat, a padmashree awardee, led India in 1992 Barcelona Olympics and 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Several other sports personalities and their relatives, tried their luck in the assembly polls and prominent winner among them is former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu`s wife.

Sidhu himself is a BJP MP from Amritsar and his wife Dr Navjot Kaur today won from the Amritsar-East constituency, defeating her nearest rival Independent candidate Simarpreet Kaur by a margin of 7099 votes.

Former India cricketers Kirti Azad and Mohammed Azharuddin are also elected representatives in the Lok Sabha, the lower house.

PTI