Punjab Assembly Election 2017: The Punjab Congress has declared its second list of 16 candidates for the upcoming assembly polls. Party has dropped two names of its sitting MLAs and re-nominated six others including four fresh faces. The list was public after Congress President Sonia Gandhi approved the names of 16 candidates at a meeting held in the Central Election Committee, headed by her. Including a new list of candidates, Congress has announced a total of 77 candidates. Earlier the party had released a list of its 61 candidates.
Among 16 candidates, four have been shifted to other constituencies, six sitting MLAs re-nominated and four have been retained in their respective seats.
Congress Candidates List for Assembly Election Punjab
- The party has dropped two sitting MLAs are Joginder Singh Panjgrain from Jaito and Tralochan Singh Soodh from Banga Constituencies.
- In Jaity SC seat, Sitting MLA Panjgrain has been replaced with Mohommed Sadique, who was sitting MLA from Bahadur (SC) constituency.
- Sitting MLA from Banga (SC) Tarlochan Singh Soodh has been replaced by Satnam Singh Kainth, a former MP and a former BSP leader.
- Sitting MLA Ajaib Singh Bhatti has been move from Bucho Mandi (SC) Malout (SC) constituency.
- Congress fielded Choudhry Surinder Singh, son of its late leader Chourdhry Jagjit Singh from Kartarpur (SC) seat, currently held by Sarwan Singh Phillaur. Phillaur has recently left the SAD and joined the Congress.
- Gurwinder Singh Atwal (Bholath – the constituency of SAD’s Bibi Jagir Kaur).
5 sitting MLAs Got tickets for the same constituencies
- Indian Youth Congress President Amarinder Singh Raj Warring (Gidderbaha)
- MLAs Amrik Singh Dhillon (Samrala), Jagmohan Singh Kang (Kharar) and Karan Kaur Brar from Muktsar seat.
Candidate names who have got tickets first time
- Darshan Lal Mangepur from Balachaur
- Harvinder Singh Laddi (ex-PPP) from Bathinda (Rural) seat.
- Two-time MLA from BSP Nirmal Singh Nimma from the Bhadaur Reserve seat.
- The two youth candidates are Birjenderjut Singh Pahra (Gurdaspur) and Daman Thind Bajwa (Sunam).
- Daman and Karan Brar are the two women in the list, but the party has decided more names of female candidates to announce.
Punjab Congress Chief Amarinder Singh said only capable and winnable candidates have been given the tickets and winnability is the sole principle for selection. The remaining tickets are likely to be announced over the next few days.
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