In Pics | AAP’s first list for Punjab: Meet the 19 candidates

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Of the 19 AAP candidates announced on Thursday for the Punjab assembly elections due early next year, Harjot Singh Bains (left) for Sahnewal is the party’s state youth chief and Rupinder Kaur ‘Ruby’ from Bathinda (rural) are two of the under-30 faces. While Bains (25) is a practising lawyer, Ruby (28) is pursuing a doctorate in law.

Of the 19 AAP candidates announced on Thursday for the Punjab assembly elections due early next year, Harjot Singh Bains (left) for Sahnewal is the party’s state youth chief and Rupinder Kaur ‘Ruby’ from Bathinda (rural) are two of the under-30 faces. While Bains (25) is a practising lawyer, Ruby (28) is pursuing a doctorate in law.

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The most prominent name is of senior lawyer Harvinder Singh Phoolka (60), who will contest from Dakha in the Ludhiana parliamentary seat that he failed to win in 2014. Known for his relentless fight for justice to the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Phoolka received more than 46,500 votes in Dakha, 6,000 plus more than Akali candidate Manpreet Ayali, a property developer and sitting legislator.

The most prominent name is of senior lawyer Harvinder Singh Phoolka (60), who will contest from Dakha in the Ludhiana parliamentary seat that he failed to win in 2014. Known for his relentless fight for justice to the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Phoolka received more than 46,500 votes in Dakha, 6,000 plus more than Akali candidate Manpreet Ayali, a property developer and sitting legislator.

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Dr Inderbir Singh Nijjer (60) is the candidate from Amritsar (south). Holding MBBS and MD, he is a medical practitioner as well as an environmentalist. The seat is twice represented by Inderbir Singh Bolaria for the SAD. Bolaria, now suspended by the party, will be replaced by a fresh candidate. There are speculations that Bolaria will join the Congress or even the AAP. In the high-voltage Amritsar contest in 2014 between Arun Jaitley and Captain Amarinder Singh, this segmtn gave only 15,000 votes to AAP’s Dr Daljit Singh.

Dr Inderbir Singh Nijjer (60) is the candidate from Amritsar (south). Holding MBBS and MD, he is a medical practitioner as well as an environmentalist. The seat is twice represented by Inderbir Singh Bolaria for the SAD. Bolaria, now suspended by the party, will be replaced by a fresh candidate. There are speculations that Bolaria will join the Congress or even the AAP. In the high-voltage Amritsar contest in 2014 between Arun Jaitley and Captain Amarinder Singh, this segmtn gave only 15,000 votes to AAP’s Dr Daljit Singh.

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Samar Bir Singh Sidhu has been picked by AAP for Fazilka. He is 25, and the youngest candidate, along with Harjot Bains. He is the vice- president of the party’s state youth wing and a farmer by vocation. He has studied up to Class 12. His seat is a traditional BJP stronghold currently held by health minister Surjit Jyani. In 2012, Jyani had a narrow victory over independent Jaswinder Singh Rocky, a gangster-turned-politician who was killed this May. In 2014 LS polls, Fazilka gave lead to the SAD, with the AAP candidate getting less than 7,000 votes.

Samar Bir Singh Sidhu has been picked by AAP for Fazilka. He is 25, and the youngest candidate, along with Harjot Bains. He is the vice- president of the party’s state youth wing and a farmer by vocation. He has studied up to Class 12. His seat is a traditional BJP stronghold currently held by health minister Surjit Jyani. In 2012, Jyani had a narrow victory over independent Jaswinder Singh Rocky, a gangster-turned-politician who was killed this May. In 2014 LS polls, Fazilka gave lead to the SAD, with the AAP candidate getting less than 7,000 votes.

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Gurvinder Singh Shampura (60), a former member of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and zila parishad, will contest from Fatehgarh Churian, where Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa (Congress) had a narrow victory over the SAD’s Nirmal Singh Kahlon in 2012. In 2014, the small town voted for Vinod Khanna of the BJP. Sucha Singh Chhotepur of the AAP secured more than 20,000 votes.

Gurvinder Singh Shampura (60), a former member of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and zila parishad, will contest from Fatehgarh Churian, where Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa (Congress) had a narrow victory over the SAD’s Nirmal Singh Kahlon in 2012. In 2014, the small town voted for Vinod Khanna of the BJP. Sucha Singh Chhotepur of the AAP secured more than 20,000 votes.

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Rajpreet Singh Randhawa (51), former president of a municipality in Ramdas, will contest from Ajnala, a seat held by Amarpal Singh ‘Bonny’ Ajnala of the SAD. The seat belongs to the Ajnala family since 1997. In 2014, the town voted almost equally for the BJP and the Congress, while the AAP got less than 5,000 votes.

Rajpreet Singh Randhawa (51), former president of a municipality in Ramdas, will contest from Ajnala, a seat held by Amarpal Singh ‘Bonny’ Ajnala of the SAD. The seat belongs to the Ajnala family since 1997. In 2014, the town voted almost equally for the BJP and the Congress, while the AAP got less than 5,000 votes.

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Arjuna Award winner former international basketball player Sajjan Singh Cheema (59) is the AAP choice from Sultanpur Lodhi. In 2012, Navtej Singh of the Congress wrested this seat from the SAD’s Upinderjit Kaur after her three victories since 1997. AAP candidate Bhai Baldeep Singh polled more than 24,000 votes here to stand third in the 2014 Lok Sabha race. He is now out of the AAP and Cheema, a former cop, faces boycott by the losing ticket contenders.

Arjuna Award winner former international basketball player Sajjan Singh Cheema (59) is the AAP choice from Sultanpur Lodhi. In 2012, Navtej Singh of the Congress wrested this seat from the SAD’s Upinderjit Kaur after her three victories since 1997. AAP candidate Bhai Baldeep Singh polled more than 24,000 votes here to stand third in the 2014 Lok Sabha race. He is now out of the AAP and Cheema, a former cop, faces boycott by the losing ticket contenders.

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AAP’s SC wing general secretary Santokh Singh Salana (48), social activist and former member of the Kanshi Ram Front, is nominated for the Bassi Pathana reserved seat held by former judge Nirmal Singh of the SAD. The AAP polled more than 40,000 votes here in 2014.

AAP’s SC wing general secretary Santokh Singh Salana (48), social activist and former member of the Kanshi Ram Front, is nominated for the Bassi Pathana reserved seat held by former judge Nirmal Singh of the SAD. The AAP polled more than 40,000 votes here in 2014.

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Mohan Singh Phalianwala (60) is a prominent Dalit name on the list. The two-time ex-MP from Ferozepur was state president of the BSP too. He will contest from Ferozepur (rural) SC-reserved seat held by the SAD’s Joginder Singh Jindu, who had beaten the Congress by just 162 votes in 2012. The AAP Lok Sabha candidate secured almost 19,000 votes here in 2014, when the BSP secured less than 2,000.

Mohan Singh Phalianwala (60) is a prominent Dalit name on the list. The two-time ex-MP from Ferozepur was state president of the BSP too. He will contest from Ferozepur (rural) SC-reserved seat held by the SAD’s Joginder Singh Jindu, who had beaten the Congress by just 162 votes in 2012. The AAP Lok Sabha candidate secured almost 19,000 votes here in 2014, when the BSP secured less than 2,000.

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Former national basketball player Gurdit Singh Sekhon (45) will contest from Faridkot, a seat held by liquor baron Deep Malhotra of the SAD. Malhotra scraped through against Avtar Singh Brar of the Congress in 2012. The town inclined towards the AAP in 2014, when the AAP’s Lok Sabha candidate polled more than 53,000 votes.

Former national basketball player Gurdit Singh Sekhon (45) will contest from Faridkot, a seat held by liquor baron Deep Malhotra of the SAD. Malhotra scraped through against Avtar Singh Brar of the Congress in 2012. The town inclined towards the AAP in 2014, when the AAP’s Lok Sabha candidate polled more than 53,000 votes.

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Engineer and social worker Kultar Singh Sandhwa (40) will fight for AAP from Kotkapura, where Mantar Singh Brar of the SAD secured almost 50,000 votes to win in 2012. The town, however, voted overwhelmingly (more than 47,000 votes) in favour of AAP candidate Sadhu Singh, who won, in the 2014 parliamentary elections.

Engineer and social worker Kultar Singh Sandhwa (40) will fight for AAP from Kotkapura, where Mantar Singh Brar of the SAD secured almost 50,000 votes to win in 2012. The town, however, voted overwhelmingly (more than 47,000 votes) in favour of AAP candidate Sadhu Singh, who won, in the 2014 parliamentary elections.

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Former taxi driver Amarjeet Singh (38) from a Nurpur Bedi village, who now runs a small transport business in Delhi, will contest from Rupnagar. It’s the seat of education minister Dr Daljeet Singh Cheema and gave almost 30,000 votes to the AAP last time.

Former taxi driver Amarjeet Singh (38) from a Nurpur Bedi village, who now runs a small transport business in Delhi, will contest from Rupnagar. It’s the seat of education minister Dr Daljeet Singh Cheema and gave almost 30,000 votes to the AAP last time.

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The AAP’s Sangrur zone in-charge Jasvir Singh Sekhon ‘Jassi’ (48) will contest from Dhuri. Arvind Khanna of the Congress won the seat in 2012 but then he quit and his opponent, Gobind Singh Longowal of the SAD, won the bypoll last year. In 2014, Bhagwant Mann got more than 63,000 votes here, highest among the contenders.

The AAP’s Sangrur zone in-charge Jasvir Singh Sekhon ‘Jassi’ (48) will contest from Dhuri. Arvind Khanna of the Congress won the seat in 2012 but then he quit and his opponent, Gobind Singh Longowal of the SAD, won the bypoll last year. In 2014, Bhagwant Mann got more than 63,000 votes here, highest among the contenders.

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Gurpreet Singh Lapran (36), who runs a small grocery shop, will contest from Payal, an important Dalit seat held by assembly speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal (SAD). The town gave more than 42,000 votes to the AAP in 2014.

Gurpreet Singh Lapran (36), who runs a small grocery shop, will contest from Payal, an important Dalit seat held by assembly speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal (SAD). The town gave more than 42,000 votes to the AAP in 2014.

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Another advocate on the list is Himmat Singh Shergill (36), in charge of the party’s legal wing, who will contest from SAS Nagar (Mohali). For the Anandpur Sahib MP seat, he received 50,000 votes from SAS Nagar, 7,000 more than the winning Shiromani Akali Dal candidate Prem Singh Chandumajra, and 15,000 more than Congress stalwart Ambika Soni. Traditionally a Congress stronghold, the town has businessman Balbir Singh Sidhu of the party as its MLA.

Another advocate on the list is Himmat Singh Shergill (36), in charge of the party’s legal wing, who will contest from SAS Nagar (Mohali). For the Anandpur Sahib MP seat, he received 50,000 votes from SAS Nagar, 7,000 more than the winning Shiromani Akali Dal candidate Prem Singh Chandumajra, and 15,000 more than Congress stalwart Ambika Soni. Traditionally a Congress stronghold, the town has businessman Balbir Singh Sidhu of the party as its MLA.

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AAP farm and labour wing general secretary Ahbaab Singh Grewal (38) will contest from Ludhiana (west). Congress candidate Bharat Bhushan Ashu won the seat in 2012 after defeating Rajinder Bhandari of the BJP by almost 37,000 votes. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Phoolka led here by more than 38,000 votes.

AAP farm and labour wing general secretary Ahbaab Singh Grewal (38) will contest from Ludhiana (west). Congress candidate Bharat Bhushan Ashu won the seat in 2012 after defeating Rajinder Bhandari of the BJP by almost 37,000 votes. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Phoolka led here by more than 38,000 votes.

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Brig Raj Kumar (retd) , 59, formerly of Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) man and later member of the general staff intelligence team that interrogated Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, will contest from Balachaur. Running a free coaching academy for army aspirants, he is a known face in the town. The seat belongs to the SAD’s Hindu candidate, Nand Lal, since 1997. It has substantial BSP votes, and in 2012, the BSP candidate came second here. The AAP got only 14,600 votes here in 2014.

Brig Raj Kumar (retd) , 59, formerly of Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) man and later member of the general staff intelligence team that interrogated Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, will contest from Balachaur. Running a free coaching academy for army aspirants, he is a known face in the town. The seat belongs to the SAD’s Hindu candidate, Nand Lal, since 1997. It has substantial BSP votes, and in 2012, the BSP candidate came second here. The AAP got only 14,600 votes here in 2014.

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Agriculturist Jagdeep Singh Brar (48) will contest from Muktsar, where Congress has been winning since 2007. However, Muktsar voted for the SAD in 2014, while the AAP got more than 16,000 votes to stand third.

Agriculturist Jagdeep Singh Brar (48) will contest from Muktsar, where Congress has been winning since 2007. However, Muktsar voted for the SAD in 2014, while the AAP got more than 16,000 votes to stand third.

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