Polls in Punjab: Former captain of the Indian national hockey team Ajit Pal Singh is also in the fight

Singh, winner of the Padma Shri Award who was the center half of the Indian national team that won the 1975 World Hockey Championship, is running from the Nakodar constituency in Jalandhar district

Former captain of the Indian hockey team Ajit Pal Singh, 74, who is running in the Nakodar constituency for a ticket to the Punjab Lok Congress (PLC), comes from the village of Sansarpur in Jalandhar district which has produced several hockey Olympians.

Singh, the winner of the Padma Shri Prize, was a central part of the Indian team that won the 1975 Ice Hockey World Championships and was part of the Indian Olympic contingent in 1968, 1972 and 1976.

“I never thought about running in the election, but I did so at the insistence of the PLC Supreme Leader and former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. I did not agree with any other political party. But it is high time to give the state youth a direction towards a bright future. There was a time when Punjab produced military generals and great players. But now it’s in the past. Neighboring Haryana is now far ahead of Punjab in sports, ”he says.

“To save Punjab, we need to create employment for our youth who are migrating to Western countries. We need to curb the drug threat, ”added Singh, who served as deputy commander in the Border Security Force (BSF).

He will soon move to Sansarpur and will start a campaign in Nakodar, he added.

In addition to Ajit Pal and State Cabinet Minister Pargata Singh of Congress, another former captain of the Indian national hockey team and Olympian Surinder Singh Sodhi is also competing from Jalandhar Canton headquarters.


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