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Congress releases first list of 86 candidates for Punjab polls; Channi to contest from Chamkaur Sahib

The Congress on Saturday produced its 1st checklist of 86 candidates for the forthcoming assembly elections in Punjab, fielding Main Minister Charanjit Singh Channi from Chamkaur Sahib and PCC main Navjot Singh Sidhu from Amritsar East. The party has also fielded Punjab deputy chief ministers — Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa from Dera Baba Nanak and Om Prakash Soni from Amritsar Central, the seats they presently symbolize.

Controversial Punjabi singer Sidhu Mussewala, who joined the Congress someday ago will contest from Mansa and actor Sonu Sood’s sister Malvika Sood from Moga.

Party’s Rajya Sabha MP Pratap Singh Bajwa will contest from Qadian assembly seat in Gurdaspur.

Previous PCC president and campaign committee chief Sunil Jakhar will not contest the assembly polls and his nephew Sandeep Jakhar will contest the Abohar assembly seat alternatively.

Similarly, Punjab minister Brahm Mohindra will not contest and his son Mohit Mohindra will contest from Patiala rural assembly seat in his location.

Among other sitting Punjab ministers, Manpreet Singh Badal will contest from Bathinda Urban, Vijay Inder Singla from Sangrur, Razia Sultana from Malerkotla, Gurkirat Singh Kotli from Khanna, Rana Gurjit Singh from Kapurthala, Tript Rajinder Bajwa from Fatehgarh Churian, Randeep Singh Nabha from Amloh, Amarinder Singh Raja Warring from Gidderbaha, Pargat Singh from Jalandhar Cantt.

Other ministers like Sangat Singh Gilzian has been fielded from Urmar, Raj Kumar Verka from Amritsar West-SC, Sukhbinder Sarkaria from Rajasansi, Bharat Bhushan Ashu from Ludhiana West.

Previous deputy chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal has been fielded from Lehragaga.

The list was launched right after the party’s central election committee chaired by occasion main Sonia Gandhi cleared the names in its assembly held on Thursday.

Punjab assembly elections are slated in a single stage on February 14 and the benefits will be out on March 10.

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