Cautiously negotiating the fractious terrain, the Congress, in its first checklist of candidates for the upcoming Meeting elections in Punjab has solely changed 4 sitting MLAs. The celebration has determined to repeat Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi from Chamkaur Sahib and State Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu from Amritsar East.
The celebration introduced candidates for 86 seats out of a complete of 117 in Punjab Meeting. The primary checklist didn’t embrace Patiala City constituency which was represented by former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
Voting for Punjab’s 117 seats will happen in a single part on February 14. Deputy Speaker of Punjab Meeting Ajaib Bhatti is amongst those that have been instructed to take a seat out. The Moga MLA Harjot Kamal needed to make means for Malvika Sood, sister of actor Sonu Sood, who joined the celebration on the eve of polls. Mr. Kamal was fast to hitch arms with the BJP.
All different sitting ministers will contest from their respective constituencies they at present characterize. The celebration has additionally fielded Punjab deputy Chief Ministers —Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa from Dera Baba Nanak and Om Prakash Soni from Amritsar Central, the seats they already characterize.
Throwing his hat within the ring for the already messy race to the Chief Minister’s publish in case of a Congress victory, Occasion’s Rajya Sabha MP Pratap Singh Bajwa will contest from the Qadian Meeting seat in Gurdaspur. His youthful brother Fatehjang Singh Bajwa made means for him, because the celebration insisted on ‘one family, one ticket’ components whereas distributing the celebration tickets.
Following this components, former State unit president and marketing campaign committee chief Sunil Jakhar is not going to contest the Meeting polls. In his place, his nephew Sandeep Jakhar will contest the Abohar Meeting seat as an alternative. Equally, Punjab minister Brahm Mohindra is not going to contest and his son Mohit Mohindra will contest in his place from Patiala rural Meeting seat.
Controversial Punjabi singer Sidhu Mussewala, who joined the Congress someday in the past will contest from Mansa.
Rupinder Kaur ‘Ruby’, who had switched sides from the AAP to Congress, has been fielded by the celebration from Malout-SC seat. She was elected from Bathinda Rural within the final election on AAP ticket. Former Punjab Youth Congress chief Amarpreet Singh Lally has been given the celebration ticket from Garhshankar. Jagpal Singh Abulkhurana has been fielded from the Lambi constituency at present represented by Parkash Singh Badal.
In U.P., ladies’s empowerment is the Congress’s most important ballot plank, an identical push is lacking in Punjab. The primary checklist solely has 9 ladies candidates- roughly 10 % up to now in distinction to 40 % ladies illustration within the Congress checklist in Uttar Pradesh.