AAP Announces its 5 Candidates in Punjab for Upcoming General election
Updated:  Oct 30, 2018, 09:00 AM
Prior to any other party, the Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday named five candidates for the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab.
Apart from Bhagwant Mann (Sangrur) and Sadhu Singh (Faridkot) who are the sitting MPs, AAP will field Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal from Amritsar who is the incharge of party's Makha zone. Dr Ravjot Singh will be the candidate from Hoshiarpur. He is also a zone president and has unsuccessfully contested the last Assembly election. Narinder Singh Shergill will fight election from Anandpur Sahib. He is presently chairperson of the finance committee of AAP.
While talking to media, AAP's Baljinder Kaur said dedicated volunteers who have stood by the party in bad and good times have been chosen. They can now begin work in their constituencies to highlight misdeeds of the BJP at the Centre.
AAP’s senior leader Gopal Rai had said the candidates from Delhi will be announced only after “reviewing” the individual performances of the constituency prabharis in the door to door campaign launched by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Rai said the names are expected to be out by late December or early January towards the last phase of the campaign, through which the party aims to cover “every household” in the city.
On October 11, AAP's chief Arvind Kejriwal had said that his party will contest all the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab and not enter into alliance. "We will fight on all Lok Sabha seats from the state, we will not enter into any tie-up with anyone," Kejriwal told reporters.
He attacks the ruling Congress in Punjab and accused it of failing on all fronts.
Kejriwal alleged, "He (Amarinder) had promised to give a job in each family. He had said if anyone is unemployed then he will be given unemployment allowance. He had talked about raising social security pension, waiving debt of farmers, promised smartphones to youths. Only tall promises were made, but none have been fulfilled. He spoke lies and now people of Punjab are fed up with them."
Kejriwal said on the issue of drug that Singh had promised to wipe out drug problem from the state, but it was still there.
He also said, "Justice Ranjit Singh Commission report puts the Badals in the dock. Despite this, Captain Sahab (Singh) is not taking any action against them. No FIR has been registered against them, because they are hand-in-glove... People are finding viable alternative in the shape of the AAP."
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