The Congress on Thursday announced its first list of 61 candidates for the upcoming Assembly elections in Punjab, choosing to go with winnable candidates across various cross-sections, striking the right balance between youth, new faces and experience while giving adequate representation to women.
The party, in its first list, has retained 31 sitting MLAs, while choosing to go with seven new faces, backed by strong credibility and winnability criteria. Five youth, six women, eight ex-MLAs and one ex-MP make up the rest of the first list.
Captain Amarinder said all care had been taken to ensure winnability as the key criteria in the finalisation of the nominees. Since, however, there were several aspirants in the fray for some of the seats, those who did not make it to the final list will be accommodated once the party forms the next government in the state, he said, appealing to all Congress workers to come together to campaign for the victory of the Congress in Punjab.
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Captain Amarinder Singh will show his might from Patiala, while vice president Sunil Jakhar will contest from Abohar, from where he is the sitting MLA. Other stalwarts in the fray are Manpreet Singh Badal from Bathinda Urban and Charanjit Singh Channi from Chamkaur Sahib (SC), from where he is the sitting MLA.
Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi will fight on the Congress ticket from Guru Har Sahai. Former minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa has been nominated for the Fategarh Churian seat. The ticket for the high-profile Majithia constituency has gone to Sukhjinder Raj Singh Lalli Majthia, while Rana Gurjit Singh will contest from Kapurthala.
Another prominent name in the first list is that of former Moga DC, Kuldeep Singh Vaid (IAS), who has got the ticket from Gill reserved constituency. From the Raikot reserved seat, the Congress nominee is Dr. Amar Singh, vice president of PPCC and brother of sitting MLA Gurcharan Singh Boparai. For Barnala, the party’s choice is Kewal Singh Dhillon.
Of the six women in the list, four have been fielded from the reserved constituencies of Ferozepur Rural (Satkar Kaur), Mehalkalan (Harchand Kaur, sitting MLA), Budhlada (Ranjit Kaur Batti) and Dina Nagar (sitting MLA Aruna Chaudhary). The other two women in the fray are Razia Sultan (Malerkotla) and Rajinder K Bhattal, sitting MLA and former chief minister, from Lehra.
At 25 years, Angad Saini, son of sitting MLA Guriqbal Kaur Babli, is the youngest nominee in the Congress first list. The party has fielded Kulbir Singh Zira, son of Congress Kisan Cell chairman Inderjit Singh Zira, from Zira.
S. No. No. & Name of Constituency
1 5 - DINA NAGAR - SCArunaChaudhary2 6 – QADIANFatehjung Singh Bajwa3 7 – BATALAAshwaniSekhri4 8 - SRI HARGOBINDPUR - SCBalwinder Singh Laddi5 9 - FATEHGARH CHURIANTriptRajinder Singh Bajwa6 10 - DERA BABA NANAKSukhjinder Singh Randhawa7 12 - RAJA SANSISukhbinder Singh Sarkaria8 13 - MAJITHASukhjinder Raj Singh LalliMajthia9 14-JANDIALA-SCSukhwinder Singh Danny10 16 - AMRITSAR WEST - SCRaj Kumar Verka11 17 - AMRITSAR CENTRALO.P. Soni12 20 - ATTARI -SCTarsem Singh DC13 21-TARN TARANDharamvirAgnihotri14 23 – PATTIHarminder Singh Gill15 24 - KHADOOR SAHIBRamanjit Singh Sikki16 27 - KAPURTHALARanaGurjeet Singh17 28 - SULTANPUR LODHINavtej Singh Cheema18 35 - JALANDHAR CENTRALRajinderBeri19 39 - MUKERIANRajnish Kumar20 41 - URMURSangat Singh Gilzian21 43 - HOSHIARPURSunder Sham Arora22 44 - CHABBEWAL - SCDr. Raj Kumar23 47 - NAWAN SHAHARAngadSaini24 49-ANANDPUR SAHIBRanaKanwarpal Singh25 51 - CHAMKAUR SAHIB - SCCharanjit Singh Channi26 53 - S.A.S. NAGARBalbir Singh Sidhu27 54-BASSI PATHANA-SCGurpreet Singh GP28 55 - FATEHGARH SAHIBKuljit Singh Nagra29 56 - AMLOHRandeep Singh Nabha30 57 - KHANNAGurkirat Singh Kotli31 63 - LUDHIANA CENTRALSurinder Kumar Dawar32 64 - LUDHIANA WESTBhartBhushanAshu33 66 - GILL - SCKuldeep Singh Vaid34 67 - PAYAL - SCLakhvir Singh Lakha35 69 - RAIKOT - SCDr. Amar Singh36 72 - BAGHA PURANADarshan Singh Brar37 74 - DHARAMKOTSukhjit Singh Kaka Logad38 75-ZIRAKulbir Singh Zira39 76 - FIROZEPUR CITYParminder Singh Pinky40 77- FIROZEPUR RURAL - SCSatkarKaur41 78 - GURU HAR SAHAIRanaGurmeet Singh Sodhi42 81 - ABOHARSunil Kumar Jakhar43 87 - FARIDKOTKushaldeep Singh Dhillon44 90 - RAMPURA PHULGurpreet Singh Kangar45 92-BHATINDA URBANManpreet Singh Badal46 94 - TALWANDI SABOKhushbaj Singh Jatana47 97 - SARDULGARHAjitInder Singh Mofar48 98 - BUDHLADA -SCRanjitKaurBhatti49 99 - LEHRARajinderKaurBhattal50 100-DIRBA-SCAjaib Singh Rataul51 103 - BARNALAKewal Singh Dhillon52 104-MEHALKALAN-SCHarchandKaur53 105 - MALERKOTLARazia Sultana54 107 - DHURIDalvir Singh Goldy55 108 - SANGRURVijay InderSingla56 109 - NABHA - SCSadhu Singh Dharamsot57 110 - PATIALA RURALBrahmMohindra58 111 - RAJPURAHardiyal Singh Kamboj59 113 - GHANAURMadanLalJalalpur60 115 - PATIALACapt. Amrinder Singh61 117-SHUTRANA-SCNirmal Singh