Amritsar: District Tarn Taran is divided into four assembly seats i.e. Patti, Khemkaran, Khadoor Sahib and Tarn Taran itself. During assembly elections of 2012 in Punjab, Shiromani Akali Dal(SAD) in alliance with BJP, had fielded its candidates upon all four seats and had won three out of these. Its arch rival, Congress also contested all four seats and managed to wrest only one. Three seats on which SAD posted victory include Patti, Khem Karan and Tarn Taran while Congress could manage to win only Khadoor Sahib.
The most interesting thing here is that the seat which SAD had lost at that time was most important because the party heavyweight and former minister for cooperation, Ranjit Singh Brahmpura was defeated by Ramanjit Singh ‘Sikki’ of Congress.
At Khem Karan Virsa Singh Valtoha of SAD defeated Gurchet Singh Bhullar of Congress, in Patti Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon son-in-law of Punjab chief minister, Prakash Singh Badal defeated Harminder Singh Gill of Congress and at Tarn Taran, Harmit Singh Gill (SAD) defeated Dr Dhjaramvir Agnihotri ofCongress.
The most astonishing fact that became a talk of the town during 2012 assembly elections was the outcome of Patti assembly seat, from where the victory margin was perhaps, the lowest. SAD’s nominee Kairon defeated his nearest rival Harminder Singh Gill of Congress by just 68 votes.
During ensuing assembly elections, SAD has reposed its faith in old nominees upon all the seats. The only change having been made by it is that from Khadoor Sahib, Ravinder Singh Brahmpura, a son of Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, who lost the battle of ballot to Congress nominee from here, has been named its candidate.
On the other hand, Aam Aadmi Party(AAP), which is going to enter the fray for first time in assembly elections, has named its candidates upon two assembly segments of the district so far. From Tarn Taran, Kartar Singh ‘Pehlwan’ of village Sur Singh has been selected as AAP’s candidate. Pehlwan is an ex-Olympian and also a former Inspector of General.From Khadoor Sahib segment, AAP has named Bhupinder Singh’Bittu’who is from Khwaspur village. On the other hand Congress is yet to announce its candidates.
The contest at all four seats of the district is most likely to be triangular. However, if any notable personality dares to contest the battle of ballot as an ‘independent’, he/she may make the contest multi-cornered.
For more news updates Follow and Like us on Facebook