SANTOKH SINGH, 66, CONGRESS
Soft-spoken and honest, a noncontroversial figure in the party. Replaces sitting MP Mohinder Singh Kaypee as the candidate. “People have a limit to believe in the lies spread by SAD president Sukhbir Badal. There is no Modi wave in Punjab and the country. Results in the entire Punjab will be surprising for the SAD,” Santokh says.
PAWAN KUMAR TINU, 46, SAD
Chief parliamentary secretary and Adampur MLA, Tinu enjoys being the youth face of the scheduled castes. Belongs to an ordinary SC family but has a strong political background. “I am not one of the Chaudharies who have a strong political legacy. I am an ordinary youth from the SC community,” he says.
SUKHWINDER SINGH KOTLI, 44, BSP
Kotli is the best bet for the BSP. Expected to increase the vote bank of the BSP that may dent political equations for the SAD-BJP. “Both the SAD-BJP and the Congress are two sides of the same coin. People are waiting for a change and the BSP is the best alternative for all communities,” says Kotli.
JYOTI MANN, 27, AAP
Teacher at a private school, Mann is the surprise choice of AAP. She does not have much to show as achievements and has been chosen by the party keeping in mind that she comes from Valmiki community that has more than 3.5 lakh votes in the constituency. "AAP is meant for a change. We are here for a change in the entire country," she says.