Monday, January 16, 2012

1080 Candidates in fray for 117 seats in Punjab


With 179 candidates withdrawing their nominations today, 1,080 candidates willbattle it out for 117 constituencies in the assembly elections. As many as 2,054 candidates, including covering candidates, had filed nominations till January 12. The papers of 1,259 candidates were found valid after scrutiny on January 13.

These elections will see 37 candidates more than the 2007 polls when 1,043 candidates were in the fray.

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Most of the 117 assembly seats will witness a triangular contest between ruling SAD-BJP alliance, main opposition Congress and Sanjha Morcha which includes the Left and People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) led by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s estranged nephew Manpreet. Prominent among those in fray include Badal (Lambi) as his predecessor Amarinder Singh (Patiala City).

Sons of both the veterans–Sukhbir, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister (Jalalabad) and Raninder (Samana)–are also in the fray besides another former Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal (Lehra). Two former civil servants D S Guru, Principal Secretary to the CM, and P S Gill have filed their nominations from Bhadaur and Moga.

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