Navjot Singh Sidhu is a cricketer by profession. He has also worked as the Minister of Tourism, Cultural Affairs and Museums of the State of Punjab. Sidhu was elected to the Lok Sabha from Amritsar in 2004 on a BJP ticket. Sidhu tendered his resignation from the Lok Sabha after facing manslaughter charges in 2006. In 2009 he defeated his Congress opponent Surinder Singla by a huge margin of 77,626 votes. Sidhu did not contest the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Modi government nominated Sidhu to the Rajya Sabha in April 2016.However, he resigned from the Rajya Sabha on July 18. Year 2016 Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned from BJP in September 2016. Sidhu launched a front named Awaz-e-Punjab (AeP).In January 2017, Sidhu joined the Congress party. Contesting from Amritsar East in 2017 Punjab Assembly elections, he won the election by a margin of 42,809 votes.
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