Turncoats get lion’s share in third list of AAP candidates for Doaba
The third list of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) containing announcement 11 candidates of Doaba region has spring many surprises with many ‘turncoats’ figuring the list.punjab Updated: Oct 08, 2016 13:55 IST
The third list of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) containing announcement 11 candidates of Doaba region has spring many surprises with many ‘turncoats’ figuring the list.
The biggest surprise came from Hoshiarpur with candidature of a businessman Paramjit Sachdeva as he has joined the AAP around one month back and his name has also appeared in the infamous Hoshiarpur land scam.
Though a famous social activist having no experience in politics, Sachdeva is an ultra-rich personality but his candidature has amused many workers who are struggling to establish the party in the district.
Another surprise came from Nawanshahr, where a ‘turncoat’ and former Hoshiarpur MP Charanjit Channi was announced. He had joined AAP on September 21 this year.
Channi had won the assembly elections from Nawanshahr in 1997 as an independent candidate, and won the Hoshiarpur Lok Sabha seat in 1999 on a Congress ticket.
He later joined the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). Inactive in politics from past many years, Channi’s father Dilbagh Singh had been a seven-time MLA, whose name still shares great hold. Sitting Congress MLA Guriqbal Kaur Babli also comes from the same family.
In Adampur, the party has preferred to give ticket to former BSP councillor Hans Raj Rana bypassing the candidature of other local leaders. In 2012, he contested as an MLA from BSP from Jalandhar north and got around 7,000 votes. He is considered an outsider in Adampur.
Notably, the party has ignored Dr Ravi, an MBBS and Harnek Singh, a retired principal and retired excise and taxation commissioner SS Dhure to prefer the former BSP leader.
The youngest in the list of Doaba is Harjot Kaur from Banga (reserved) seat of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district. Kaur is pursing post graduation in English and was preparing for civil services before she opted to join the AAP.
Another young face in the list includes Amarjit Thind from Shahkot, a 34-year-old doctor who shares very close relationship with AAP state incharge Sanjay Singh. He is practicing in Mehatpur. In Nakodar, the party has preferred old grass root worker Jagat Singh Sanghera- the coordinator for NRI wing of the party. Sanghera has roots in communism and is considered a leader with down-to-earth and clear-cut approach.
First Published: Oct 08, 2016 13:54 IST