Learning a lesson from its past mistakes in distribution of tickets on 32 seats, the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP’s) third list of 29 candidates announced on Friday had 24 party volunteers. The list also has turncoats, professionals, first-timers and young guns.
“We have honoured the dedication of our volunteers,” said party Punjab in-charge Sanjay Singh, after announcing the list at a press conference here.
The party had witnessed a rebellion by volunteers after the declaration its first two sets of candidates.
Sukhpal Singh Khaira, 51, former Congress MLA, who joined the AAP last year is the candidate from Bholath. Convener of the party’s RTI cell, he will contest from his home turf that he had last won in 2007.
Kanwar Sandhu, 62, journalist, joined the AAP in April and is now chairman of its Punjab Dialogue Committee. He is the party’s candidate from Kharar.
Jagtar Singh Sanghera, 61, AAP’s NRI cell convener, was Punjab Mandi Board deputy general manager. He has been fielded from Nakodar.
Besides, Kartar Singh, 64, wrestler-turned-cop, who remained director, sports, Punjab, is the party’s pick from Tarn Taran. He has a former Olympian.
Former Akali MLA Jagtar Singh Rajla, 50, is AAP’s Samana candidate. He joined the Congress in 2011 and then the AAP in 2015, soon after his wife was booked by Patiala police in a paddy embezzlement case, which he said was political motivated.
Joginder Chinna, 58, contested the aborted 1991 assembly elections from Dinanagar as an Akali candidate. A bus operator, he joined the Congress then left it in 2014 and rejoined the Akali Dal. He joined the AAP last year and will contest from Dinanagar.
The party decided to field Gurpartap Singh Khushalpur, 45, as its candidate from Dera Baba Nanak. A former loyalist of Akali MP Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, he joined the AAP last year.
Former Congress MP from Hoshiarpur Charanjit Channi, who joined the AAP last month, is party’s candidate from Nawanshahr.
Lakhbir Singh Rai, former president of the Fatehgarh Sahib district Congress, is AAP’s candidate from Fatehgarh Sahib.
Dr Charanjit Singh, the candidate from Chamkaur Sahib (reserved) was the secretary of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), before joining the AAP a few months ago.
Former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) councillor from Jalandhar Hans Raj Rana has been given ticket from the Adampur seat. Trader and social activist, Rana was the BSP candidate from Jalandhar North in the 2012 assembly polls. He got over 7,000 votes.
Advocate Amarpal Singh, 35, practicing at Batala courts, is AAP’s candidate from Shi Hargobindpur (reserved). He volunteered during the India Against Corruption (IAC) movement and later joined the AAP.
Another advocate, Kulbhushan Singh Minhas, who remained president of the Pathankot District Bar Association for two years, is the party candidate from Sujanpur.
Amarjit Singh Thind, 34, a doctor from Mehatpur and considered close to AAP state in-charge Sanjay Singh, is the candidate from Shahkot.
Vinod, 44, a former independent block samiti member and marginal farmer, is the party’s candidate from Bhoa.
Engineer Meet Hayer, considered to be close to AAP MP from Sangrur Bhagwant Mann, has been given ticket from Barnala.
Vernacular journalist Kulwant Singh Pandori is party’s Mehal Kalan (reserve) candidate.
Former environmental engineer of the Punjab Pollution Control Board Nazar Singh Manshahia, 56, is the party’s Mansa candidate.
Dr Ranyodh Singh,49, will contest from Dharamkot, where he has been running a hospital since 2004.
Manjit Singh Bilaspur, 39, another journalist, is the party’s candidate from Nihal Singh Wala.
MONEY BAG AND OTHERS
A surprise candidate on the list is from Hoshiarpur, where businessman Paramjit Sachdeva, 53, who joined the AAP a month ago, will contest polls. His name figured in the infamous Hoshiarpur land scam. A social activist, Sachdeva, is a money bag candidate.
Gulshan Sharma, 60, an iron and steel trader and is studying law, is Jalandhar (North) candidate, while Darshan Lal Bhagat, 54, a sports goods manufacturer and member of district planning board and independent councillor, has been fielded from Jalandhar (West).
Sulkhan Singh Jaggi, 43, a progressive farmer, is the party’s candidate from Mukerian, while Sikh preacher and social worker Swaroop Singh Khadiana, 41, will contest from Phillaur.
Jagdeep Singh Sandhu, 35, of Fattanwala village in Muktsar, is the party’s choice from Giddarbaha. He is the Ferozepur zone coordinator of the party.
The party has fielded Parimal Singh, president of the unemployed linemen union, from the Bhadaur (reserved) seat
The AAP list also included two women candidates — Sarbjit Kaur Manuke, a masters in economics who will contest from Jagraon, and Harjot Kaur, who will contest from Banga. Harjot is pursing masters in English.
28 or 29? Heyer kept everyone guessing
The name of Meet Heyer from Barnala was not announced by AAP leaders during a press conference in Chandigarh this evening. Supporters of the other aspirants from Barnala said Heyer’s name had been withheld on their insistence. Later, Heyer’s name figured in list issued by the party.
Here’s the complete list
Constituency: Candidate (photos of some under their name)
Bhoa: Dr Vinod
Dinanagar: Joginder Chhina
Dera Baba Nanak: Gurpartap Singh
Tarn Taran: Kartar Singh
Phillaur: Swaroop Singh Khadiana
Bholath: Sukhpal Khaira
Nakodar: Jagtar Singh Sanghera
Shahkot: Dr Amarjit Singh Thind
Jalandhar North: Gulshan Sharma
Jalandhar West: Darshan Lal Bhagat
Adampur: Hans Raj Rana
Sri Hargobindpur: Amarpal Singh
Mukerian: Sulakhan Singh Jaggi
Nawanshahr: Charanjit Singh Channi
Banga: Harjot Kaur
Sujanpur: Kulbhushan Minhas
Hoshiarpur: Paramjit Sachdeva
Chamkaur Sahib: Dr Charanjit Singh
Kharar: Kanwar Sandhu
Jagraon: Sarabjit Kaur Manuke
Gidderbaha: Jagdeep Sandhu
Barnala: Meet Heyar
Nihal Singh Wala: Manjit Singh
Dharamkot: Dr Ranyodh Singh
Fatehgarh Sahib: Lakhbir Singh Rai
Mehal Kalan: Kulwant Singh Pandhuri
Bhadaur: Parimal Singh
Samana: Jagtar Singh Rajla
Mansa: Nazar Singh