Hockey captain Pargat wins from Jalandhar

Jalandhar: Former India hockey captain and Olympian Pargat Singh won his maiden political fight winning the assembly elections on a Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) ticket from Jalandhar Cantonment constituency here Tuesday.

Hand-picked by SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal, Pargat defeated Congress candidate Jagbir Brar by a huge margin of 7,798 votes bagging 48,290 votes.

Pargat, a local boy, is seen as a legend. He was also the sports director of the state and was persuaded by Sukhbir Singh, also deputy chief minister, to contest the elections on a SAD ticket.

What worked in favour for Pargat was that Jalandhar is a prominent hockey centre. The Sansarpur village here is also known as the nursery of the game in the country, having produced a total of 306 players, including 14 Olympians.

Pargat’s campaign speech always centered around hockey and it also helped him to garner a huge support from the locals.


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