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Navjot Sidhu and Pargat excluded from the first Congress list

The Punjab Congress released its first list of candidates before announcement of polls in Punjab. But it has played it safe by announcing names on just 61 seats out of 117, steering clear of ones where a consensus still eludes the party, including where MLAs who have quit the ruling SAD or BJP are vying for tickets.

One of the big surprises is absence of names of cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu’s wife, Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, and former hockey captain Pargat Singh, who were BJP and SAD MLAs from Amritsar East and Jalandhar Cantt, respectively.

The duo had joined the Congress after Sidhu’s front Awaaz-e-Punjab split following the Bains brothers of Ludhiana allying with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). The announcement of names on both the seats has been kept on hold, party sources said. Amarinder is rooting for former MLA and party candidate in the 2012 polls, Jagbir Brar, from Jalandhar Cantt. Navjot Kaur’s seat, though relatively rebel-free, will also be announced along with Pargat’s, it is learnt.

Former finance minister, and chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s estranged nephew, Manpreet Singh Badal has been fielded from Bathinda Urban, the bastion of the ruling family. The seat falls in the Bathinda parliamentary constituency of the CM’s daughter-in-law, Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal. Manpreet had led from this segment when he lost to her in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

In another first, the political dynasties have given way to new rule of ‘one family, one ticket’. Three female MLAs have made way for men in the family. Amarinder, who has resigned as Amritsar MP, will return to his seat Patiala (urban), won by his wife Preneet Kaur in a bypoll.

Rajya Sabha MP Partap Singh Bajwa’s wife Charanjit Kaur Bajwa has opted out for brother-in-law Fateh Jang Bajwa in Qadian; and Nawanshahr MLA Guriqbal Kaur has made way for son Angad Saini, 25, the youngest candidate on the list. The first list has six women, including three sitting MLAs.

 

CONGRESS FIRST LIST: ALL 61 NAMES
  • Dinanagar (SC): Aruna Chaudhary
  • Qadian: Fatehjang Bajwa
  • Batala: Ashwani Sekhri
  • Shri Hargobindpur (SC): Balwinder Singh Laddi
  • Fatehgarh Churian: Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa
  • Dera Baba Nanak: Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa
  • Rajasansi: Sukhbinder Singh ‘Sukh’ Sarkaria
  • Majitha: Sukhjinder Raj Singh ‘Lalli’ Majithia
  • Jandiala (SC): Sukhwinder Singh Danny
  • Amritsar West (SC): Raj Kumar Verka
  • Amritsar Central: OP Soni
  • Attari (SC): Tarsem Singh ‘DC’
  • Tarn Taran: Dharamvir Agnihotri
  • Patti: Harminder Singh Gill
  • Khadoor Sahib: Ramanjit SIngh Sikki
  • Kapurthala: Rana Gurjit Singh
  • Sultanpur Lodhi: Navtej Singh Cheema
  • Jalandhar Central: Rajinder Beri
  • Mukerian: Rajnish Kumar
  • Urmur: Sangat Singh Gilzian
  • Hoshiarpur: Sunder Sham Arora
  • Chabbewal (SC): Dr Raj Kumar
  • Nawanshahr: Angad Saini
  • Anandpur Sahib: Rana Kanwarpal Singh
  • Chamkaur Sahib: Charanjit Singh ‘Channi’
  • SAS Nagar (Mohali): Balbir Singh Sidhu
  • Bassi Pathana (SC): Gurpreet Singh ‘GP’
  • Fatehgarh Sahib: Kuljit Singh Nagra
  • Amloh: Randeep Singh Nabha
  • Khanna: Gurkirat Singh Kotli
  • Ludhiana Central: Surinder Kumar Dawar
  • Ludhiana West: Bharat Bhushan ‘Ashu’
  • Gill (SC): Kuldeep Singh Vaid
  • Payal (SC): Lakhvir Singh ‘Lakha’
  • Raikot (SC): Dr Amar Singh
  • Baghapurana: Darshan Singh Brar
  • Dharamkot: Sukhjit Singh ‘Kaka’ Lohgarh
  • Zira: Kulbir Singh Zira
  • Ferozepur City: Parminder Singh ‘Pinky’
  • Ferozepur Rural (SC): Satkar Kaur
  • Guru Har Sahai: Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi
  • Abohar: Sunil Kumar Jakhar
  • Faridkot: Kushaldeep Singh Dhillon
  • Rampura Phul: Gurpreet Singh Kangar
  • Bathinda Urban: Manpreet Singh Badal
  • Talwandi Sabo: Khushbaj Singh Jatana
  • Sardulgarh: Ajit Inder Singh Mofar
  • Budhlada (SC): Ranjit Kaur Bhatti
  • Lehra: Rajinder Kaur Bhattal
  • Dirba (SC): Ajaib Singh Rataul
  • Barnala: Kewal Singh Dhillon
  • Mehal Kalan (SC): Harchand Kaur
  • Malerkotla: Razia Sultana
  • Dhuri: Dalvir Singh Goldy
  • Sangrur: Vijay Inder Singla
  • Nabha (SC): Sadhu Singh Dharamsot
  • Patiala Rural: Brahm Mohindra
  • Rajpura: Hardiyal Singh Kamboj
  • Ghanaur: Madan Lal Jalalpur
  • Patiala: Capt Amrinder Singh
  • Shutrana (SC): Nirmal Singh