Amritsar:Amritsar is known to be the heartbeat of Majha, and plays a big role in state’s poitics.The district has a total number of eleven constituencies, however, nine out of these form Amritsar Lok sabha constituency. During the last general Lok Sabha elections held in 2014, BJP had fielded its senior leader, Arun Jaitley from here under alliance with SAD. However, he was made to bite the dust by his rival and Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh, who is now PPCC chief.
Though Jaitley was later elected to Rajya Sabha and became union finance minister. Amritsar, is divided into five constituencies, namely Amritsar east, west, north, south and central. In addition, six more constituencies, namely Attari, Rajasansi, Ajnala, Majitha, Jandiala Guru, and Baba Bakala also come in the district.
During Vidhan Sabha elections in 2012, two seats were bagged by BJP, namely Navjot Kaur Sidhu(east) and Anil Joshi(north) while out of the remaining three, two were won by Congress nominees, Dr Raj Kumar Verka(west) and Om Parkash Soni(central). The fifth one was won by by SAD nominee, Inderbir Singh Bularia (south). However, this year he left SAD following differences with its top brass to join congress party.
This time, a sea change is likely to happen on account of entry of Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) into state politics. AAP, has already declared its candidates upon five seats and they are from Amritsar (west)- Balwinder Singh Sahota; Amritsar(north) Dr Inderbir Singh Nijjar; Attari, Jaswinder Singh jahangir; Rajasansi, Jagjodh Singh and Ajnala, Rajpreet Singh Sunni.
Notably, the early declaration of its nominees by AAP has stirred a hornet’s nest in political circles of the area because other parties have yet to name their candidates.
Upon all the seats of the district, triangular contests between candidates of Congress, AAP and SAD-BJP appear imminent. On few of the seats some independents nominees can also tilt the scales. However, until the names of all candidates are declared by the three major parties, it will be difficult to predict the outcome. As with declaring of candidates, revolts within ticket seekers will also pick up.
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