First Sikh President of India, Giani Zail Singh was resident of Sandhwan village
Faridkot: This princely city is hub of Punjab politics and If entire scenario is looked into then Fardikot has emerged as make or break for political parties.
The first Sikh President of India late Giani Zail Singh was resident of Sandhwan village in this district. The octogenarian politician Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal also belongs to this district representing Lambi constituency in this district. In 1977 he became Chief minister of Punjab for the first time. Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal too launched his political career from this district.
Former Member Parliament Jagmeet Brar also belongs to this district. The parliamentary seat of Faridkot gave two Chief Ministers to the state, namely Lachchman Singh Gill and Harcharn Brar.
If the current political scenario of the district is taken into consideration then we find that all the three main political parties are facing rebellion within. SAD has rejected the ticket claim of Deep Malhotra and has allotted it to Parbans Singh Bunty Romana who is considered to be very close to Bikram Majithia.
From Congress, a former Akali MLA Kushaldeep Singh (Kikki Dhillon) is trying his level best to get the ticket and is considered close to Captain Amarinder Singh. The party’s old guard is opposing Dhillon. Youth Congress leader Sunny Brar is also seeking Congress ticket and he is a close relative of former Haryana Congress leader Chaudhary Birender Singh.
Dreaming to see power for the first time, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has fielded Gurdit Singh Sekhon. Since 1966, Congress won from this constituency for five times and SAD won it for six times. In one elections an independent candidate has won from Faridkot. Kushaldeep Dhillon and Avtar Singh Brar have left their parent parties which have changed all the equations in the district.
From Kotkapura constituency, SAD has again fielded Mantar Singh Brar who had won this constituency as an independent candidate. His father late Jaswinder Singh remained a minister in Akali government representing Kotkapura.
On the other side Congress fielded candiates not hailing from this constituency. For last 6 assembly polls this constituency was captured by outsiders which included Ripjit Singh Brar, Vibha Sharma, Giani’ s son Joginder Singh ex-minister Upinder Sharma . These outsiders won the seat only for two times.
This time more than a dozen Congressmen are staking claim to the ticket which includes ex president of Punjab Youth Congress Raminder Amla and Upender Sharma are been seen the biggest claimants. Raminder Amla belongs to the Guru Harshai constitueny and Upender Sharma contested from this constituency for two times.
AAP cadre is divided in the constituency over allotment of a ticket to Kultar Singh Sandhwan from here. Surinder Kumar Devedi opposed his candidature and has now joined APP of Sucha Singh Chhotepur. AAP is busy tackling the rebellion against its candidate. Sitting Akali MLA Mantar Singh Brar has no worthwhile challenger.
In the third constituency Jaito (reserved), the political scene seems quite changed. SAD has fielded its halqa incharge Parkash Singh Bhatti had been allotted a ticket to contest from Balluana. This has made lobbying for the ticket an intense game. Former Akali Minister Gurdev Singh Badal has been looking after this constituency and this time Gurdev’s son Suba Singh Badal is seeking the ticket.
On the other side Joginder Singh Panjgrai is sure to get a Congress ticket from this constituency. Before becoming a constituency, Jaito was a part of Kotkapura. The 3rd constituency was Panjgrain which always went to the leftists. AAP has fielded master Baldev Singh. During Lok Sabha poll too AAP candidate Sadhu Singh won from Faridkot.
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