The ‘Punjab Front’, a conglomerate of various political outfits led by MP Dharamvira Gandhi, suspended from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), on Tuesday released its first list of 15 candidates for the coming assembly polls.
All these candidates are former workers and volunteers of the AAP.
Addressing a press conference here, Gandhi said, “Most of our candidates worked hard to realise a new dream for the future of Punjab under AAP, but they were bypassed to favour people with money. Our candidates would contest elections on the common minimum programme of the front. Punjab needs alternative politics based on issues, not personalities.” The front also released its common minimum programme during the press conference.
He said the front will announce more candidates in the coming days. “In case the front is not able to field candidates on all the 117 assembly seats, we will support candidates of any party, including the AAP, who agree with our common minimum programme,” he added.
Gandhi said the front had been in constant talks with the Sucha Singh Chhotepur-led Aapna Punjab Party (APP) and wanted to announce common candidates. “However, they went ahead and announced their own candidates. We are still hopeful that all those working against the Akails, Congress and AAP should come together and fight unitedly,” he added.
He said that before releasing the list, the screening committee of the Punjab Front held two meetings at Patiala and Ludhiana under the chairmanship of former Akali leader Harish Dhanda to finalise the names of the candidates.
COMMON MINIMUM PROGRAMME
-Restoration of full rights on river waters as mentioned in the 7th Schedule of the Constitution
-Making organic intoxicants available to traditional users under medical supervision by providing licence to the consumers;
-Implementation of the Anand Marriage Act and All India Gurudwara Act
-Strengthening of ties between India and Pakistan so that the border could be opened up for more bilateral trade, among others.
List of candidates
-Ludhiana Central: Rajiv Arora, 45, garment manufacturer
-Ludhiana West: Santokh Singh Aujla, 64, MA, MPhil
-Ludhiana South: Kunwar Ranjan (42), social activist
-Payal: Advocate Inderjit Singh (62), MA, LLB
-Chabbewal: Maninder Singh (31), engineering diploma- holder
-Patiala Rural: Prof Mohanjit Kaur Tiwana (65), retired college professor
-Nabha: Paramjit Singh Rajgarh, businessman
-Lehragaga: Master Raj Kumar (57), retired teacher
- Amargarh: Gurdarshan Singh (49), agro-businessman
-Amritser West: Balwinder Singh Fauji (58), vegetable and fruit agent
-Amritsar South: Principal Suba Singh (69), PhD
-Majitha: Bikramjit Singh (41), agriculturist
-Attari: Jagtar Singh Gill (31), businessman
-Ajnala: Gurinder Johal (38), businessman
-Ropar: Jorawar Singh Bhaowal (35), businessman