Sukhbir Singh Badal led Shiromani Akali Dal has announced its candidates for 5 Lok Sabha constituencies in Punjab. These 5 constituencies are Khadoor Sahib, Jalandhar (Reserve), Anandpur Sahib, Patiala & Fatehgarh Sahib (Reserve).

There are 13 Lok Sabha constituencies in Punjab in total. Shiromani Akali Dali (SAD) won 4 seats during 2014 Lok Sabha elections. INC won 3 seats while AAP won 4 and BJP won 2.

Aam Admi Party has already announced that it will contest all the 13 seats in Punjab without any alliance. During 2017 assembly elections in the state, AAP won 20 out of 117 seats while SAD won only 15. INC won 77 seats while BJP was restricted to 3.

If one talks about the seats for which candidates have been announced, then following is what statistics have to show:-

  1. Khadoor Sahib- Bibi Jagir Kaur will be contesting from this seat. In the 2014 elections, Ranjit Singh from SAD won election. He got 467332 seats. Closest was Congress candidate who got 366763 seats. Bibi Jagir Kaur is ex- SGPC chief. SCGP is an organization which manages historic Sikh shrines and some education institutions.
  2. Jalandhar (Reserve) – S Charanjit Singh Atwal will fight from this seat which has been reserved for Scheduled Caste. Last time, Santokh Singh Chaudhary fought from this seat and became Member of Parliament. He was from Congress.
  3. Anandpur Sahib – Prem Singh Chandumajra will be contesting from this seat for upcoming elections. He was the one who was elected from Anandpur Sahib in the year 2014 also.
  4. Patiala- S. Surjit Singh Rakhra is fielded on this seat. However, in 2014 Dharamvir Gandhi was elected to the Lok Sabha from this seat and is from AAP. Deepinder Singh Dhillon had fought at this seat in last elections.
  5. Fatehgarh Sahib (Reserve)-Darbara Singh Guru  will fight elections from this seat.

AAP has already denied any alliance with Congress in the state. SAD already has good reach in the state, but various issues like drug problem has made its ground lose. It will be interesting to see who will get more MPs elected from this state; Congress, AAP or SAD?


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