Punjab Elections – AAP names 29 more | 3rd List Of Candidates

The Aam Aadmi Party has announced its third list of candidates, in which there are 29 names for the Punjab assembly polls next year. As in the past, AAP has given importance to journalists, with four more chosen for free media publicity.
In the list there are more (4) journalists than Jawans and Kisans put together! In fact there is no one from the military background in this list. AAP has been accused of insulting Indian Army and supporting Pakistani position during the discussion on the recent Surgical Strike.
In Friday’s list there are four journalists, three doctors and a farmer. With this the total number of candidates AAP announced for the Punjab Assembly polls reached 61. The party had announced names of 32 candidates in two previous lists.

Sukhpal Khaira (51)Bholath

A Bishop Cottonian, he lost in 2012 to SAD’s Bibi Jagir Kaur. A good orator, he was among the few Congress leaders who campaigned for Manpreet Badal in the 2014 parliamentary elections from Bathinda.

Jagtar Singh Rajla (50)Samana

A former Congress leader and a SAD ex-MLA from Samana, he joined AAP in December 2015. Son of former MLA Hardial Singh Rajla, he was considered a close confidant of late Akali leader Gurcharan Singh Tohra.

Kanwar Sandhu (62)Kharar

A seasoned journalist, he worked with several leading newspapers before switching over to the electronic media. Known for taking a tough stand against the Badal government, he is chairman of AAP’s Punjab Dialogue Committee.

Joginder Singh Chhina (57)Dinanagar

A transporter, he was once a loyalist of Rajya Sabha MP Partap Singh Bajwa. Two years ago, he left the Congress and rejoined the SAD. A year ago, he left the Akalis and jumped on to the AAP bandwagon.

Kartar Singh (64)Tarn Taran

Padam Shri and Arjuna awardee, he was an Asiad gold medallist wrestler. Has also served in the Punjab Police as an SP. Remained Director Sports, Punjab.

Jagtar Singh Sanghera (61)Nakodar

He is the convener of the AAP NRI cell. Served as Deputy General Manager, Punjab Mandi Board, for 25 years. Took up the cause of pensioners who were settled abroad and were denied some pension benefits. The government later withdrew its order.

Charanjit Singh Channi (74) NawanshahrA former MLA from Nawanshahr and ex-MP from Hoshiarpur, he joined AAP just three weeks ago. His father, Dilbag Singh Saini, was a seven-time MLA. Channi won the Assembly elections in 1997 as an Independent and the Hoshiarpur Lok Sabha seat in 1999 on the Congress ticket.

Paramjit Sachdeva (53)Hoshiarpur

A social worker, he is running the Jagjeet Singh Sachdeva School for special children, besides old age homes and orphanages. Has organised eye check-up camps and helped Hoshiarpur become a corneal blindness-free district. Holds MA degree in English

Harjyot Kaur (26)Banga

An MBA, she was an IAS aspirant before she got drawn towards AAP and became their leading volunteer in Banga.

Dr Charanjit Singh (55) Chamkaur SahibAn eye specialist, she has been working in Morinda for the past 25 years. Has organised around 600 free eye camps and conducted operations on 30,000 patients.

Dr Ranyodh Singh Sran (49) DharamkotA doctor, he is likely to be pitted against Agriculture Minister Tota Singh. Known as a social worker who has been organising mass marriage of underprivileged girls.

Jagdeep Singh Sandhu (35) GidderbahaA former Akali activist, he was once a close aide of SAD’s Muktsar constituency incharge Kanwarjit Singh ‘Rozy Barkandi’, but parted ways about two years ago. A Class-XII passout from Muktsar town, he was junior to IYC chief and local MLA Amrinder Singh Raja Warring in school. His wife is the sarpanch of Fattanwala village in Muktsar district.

Nazar Singh Manshahia (56)Mansa

B.Tech in civil engineering, he got premature retirement from the Punjab Pollution Control Board to join AAP. Is the zonal incharge (Bathinda) of the AAP Kisan wing. Highlighted air and water pollution caused by a brewery and a refinery in Bathinda. He was transferred several times for taking on politically well-connected industrialists.

Parimal Singh (37)Bhadour

A trained lineman, he is the president of the Unemployed Union, Punjab, and the Lok Lehar (a social organisation). Has been leading protests against the state government over unemployment.

Kulwant Singh Pandhuri (44) Mehal KalanA journalist with a vernacular daily, he was among the anti-sacrilege protesters when the Behbal Kalan police firing incident took place last year, leading to the death of two youths.

Meet Heyar (27)Barnala

A graduate in mechanical engineering, he is the vice-president of the AAP Youth Wing. Youngest candidate on the party’s third list.

Lakhbir Singh Rai (46) Fatehgarh SahibAn advocate, he is the convener of the AAP RTI wing. Has been exposing wrongdoings and scandals through information obtained under the RTI Act.

Kulbhushan S Minhas (43)Sujanpur

An advocate, he served as the president of the DBA, Pathankot, for two terms. Is now a co-opted member of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana. His family runs a NGO, Bhartiya Chetna Manch.

Gurpartap S Khushalpur (46) Dera Baba NanakSon of a freedom fighter, he was once close to Ranjit Singh Brahmpura. Remained Chairman of Punjab Labourfed for nine years. His name was to be announced in the first list, but was ‘blocked’ by the then state convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur.

Amarjit Singh Thind (34)Shahkot

Holds an MBBS degree. Has been organising free medical check-up and blood donation camps. Known as a philanthropist.

Hansraj Rana (52)Adampur

A Dalit activist, he is the vice-president of the AAP SC/ST wing, Jalandhar. Has been the president of the Sri Guru Ravidas Sabha for the past 21 years, besides being the president of the Panj Daryaa social welfare association.

Sulkhan Singh Jaggi (43)Mukerian

A progressive farmer, he has been practising diversification of crops and spreading awareness about its benefits.

Saroop Singh Khadiana (41)Phillaur

A Sikh preacher and a social worker, this matriculate has been taking on the Akalis over their alleged interference in religious affairs.

Amarpal Singh (32)Sri Hargobindpur

An advocate, he joined the party three years ago. Was earlier associated with Anna Hazare’s movement. He provides free legal aid to women and farmers.

Darshan Lal Bhagat (54) Jalandhar WestA manufacturer of sports goods, he has remained member of the District Planning Board and an Independent councillor. Joined AAP in May this year. Belonging to the “Bhagat biradari”, he has been picked to take on BJP MLA Chunni Lal Bhagat.

Sarvjit Kaur Manuke (43) Jagraon She is an MA  in Economics.  Left a teacher’s job to join the Aam Aadmi Party

Manjit Singh Bilaspur (39) Nihal Singh WalaA graduate, he worked for Ajit newspaper for about 20 years. Has written a book, ‘Taraf Dar Taraf’

VinodKumar (44)Bhoa

A former journalist, he has been a member of the Block Samiti of Bhoa. Has studied till Class XII.

Gulshan Sharma (60)Jalandhar North

A graduate, he is pursuing LLB. Works as an iron and steel trader.