Fatehgarh Sahib: Fatehgarh Sahib, Amloh and Bassi Pathana(reserve) constituencies of district Fatehgarh Sahib will witness strong triangular contest in upcoming Punjab Assembly elections. Two main political parties Shiromani Akali Dal and Aam Adami Party(AAP) have selected popular faces as their candidates while the Congress is yet to open its cards.
Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal in Amloh declared Gurpreet Singh Raju Khanna as party’s candidate. AAP has fielded Gurpreet Bhatti from Amloh who has served long term in Shiromani Akali Dal but later joined hands with Manpreet Singh Badal led People Party of India. After Manpreet joined Congress, Gurpreet Bhatti chose to join AAP. Both Khanna and Bhatti have strong hold in rural areas.
Randeep Singh Nabha is sitting Congress MLA from Amloh constituency. In case Randeep is shifted to another constituency, then the names of former Municipal Council, president Jagmeet Singh Sahota, District Congress Committee, Fatehgarh Sahib president Harinder Singh Bhambri, Mandi Gobindgarh municipal councillor Ramandeep Kaur Bal are making rounds.
In Fatehgarh Sahib, Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance has fielded former Sirhind MLA Didar Singh Bhatti and AAP had chosen lawyer Lakhbir Singh Rai to contest from Fatehgarh Sahib constituency.
Though Congress is yet to declare its candidate, sitting MLA Kuljit Singh Nagra or his wife Mandeep Kaur Nagra is strong claimant of tiicket.
Only AAP has declared its candidate from Bassi Pathana reserve constituency. The party had chosen Santokh Singh Salana from here.
Salana remained active in BSP and was close to late BSP chief Kanshi Ram.
According to reports, senior Congress leaders Gurpreet Singh GP, Kuldeep Singh Sahota, Rupinder Singh Happy, Harnek Singh Diwana, P S Thabra , Mukesh Dhaliwal applied for Congress ticket from the constituency. Former PPCC president Shamsher Singh Dullo’s wife Harbans Kaur Dullo unsuccessfully contested last assembly election from Bassi Pathana constituency.
Congress may field Dullo’s wife or her son from the constituency. Earlier the name of former Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal, former MLA Satwant Kaur Sandhu, Mohali mayor Kulwant Singh, his son are makings rounds. Ruling SAD-BJP alliance may chose a new face to field from this constituency.
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