Former Bharatiya Janata Party MP and cricketer-turned politician, Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday won the Amritsar (East) Assembly election in Punjab.
He defeated his nearest rival, Rajesh Honey of the BJP, with a margin of 42,661 votes. Aam Aadmi Party's Sarabjot Singh came in third, polling 14604 votes.
A three-time MP from the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat, Sidhu contested his maiden assembly election this time after joining the Congress.
His rivals too are first timers. Honey had won two municipal council elections and is heading a local BJP unit.
Attacking the Badals, Sidhu said Badals have made politics a business and for him, this win is a medium to save Punjab .
"The people taught a lesson to the devils. Punjab should limp back as it was looted by dacoits and thieves. Why Badals were defeated is that they treated politics as business. I consider it as a medium to change the fate of Punjab that's why I am able to stand with dignity," Sidhu said.
Slamming Arvind Kejriwal, Navjot Singh Sidhu said the Delhi chief minister tried to fool the people but failed as the people of Punjab are intelligent.
"Kejriwal lost as his motives was selfish. He tried to troll us on social media by hired 'pappus'," Navjot Singh Sidhu said.
Sidhu's margin of votes is nearly six times higher compared to his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu's 2012 win on the same seat during the state's previous Assembly elections.
Amritsar East constituency was once of the most watched constituency this time as Sidhu not only made the contest triangular but also faced BJP, which had a stronghold in Amritsar district.
After winning the battle,the next challenge with the Sidhu couple will be to get a cabinet berth of their choice. Sources said Sidhu was eyeing the deputy chief minister's post.
His and his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu's roles will be decided by Congress vice-president. "What is there in store for this family will be decided by Rahul Gandhi," Navjot Kaur Sidhu said.