2017 Election: BJP List of Candidates for Punjab Polls :- BJP declared the names of its candidates for 17 seats in Punjab but withheld the announcement for six others, where the party has sitting MLAs, indicating that some of them could be dropped.
The state of Punjab where BJP and Akali Dal has an alliance is facing tough competition from arch rival Congress and a new entrant Aam Aadmi Party. In the 117-member house, the BJP-SAD is fighting on all 117 seats. Shiromani Akali dal is fighting on 94 of the 117 seats while 23 seats have been given to the alliance partner, the BJP. The present BJP-SAD government would not only face ‘anti-incumbency’ but also drug abuse issue which has been taken up by the opposition parties in a big way.
Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal is fighting from Jalalabad while Parkash Singh Bhatti is fighting from Balluna. The Lambi would seat would see the contest between the two giants as chief minister Praksh Singh Badal is fighting against the congress Punjab chief Captain Amarinder Singh. Hardeep Singh ‘Dimpy’ Dhillon is fighting from Giddarbaha
In the previous elections held in 2012 the SAD- BJP combine won the election by getting 68 of the 117 seats. Akali dal won 56 of the 94 seats it won and the BJP won 12 of the 23 seats it contested in alliance. Parkash Singh Badal became the chief minister of the state and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal the Deputy Chief Minister. The vote share of Akali Dal and the BJP in 2012 was 34.59 and 7.15 respectively.
BJP Candidates for Punjab Assembly Elections 2017
The BJP has declared the names of its candidates for 23 seats in Punjab legislative assembly. Among the 23 candidates announced, nine are sitting MLAs. The BJP has 12 MLAs in the outgoing Punjab legislative assembly. The sitting MLAs in this list are Dinesh Singh Babbu, Ashwani Sharma, Seema Kumari, K.D. Bhandari and Sukhjeet Kaur Sahi.
|AC No||AC Name||Name of Candidates|
|1||Sujanpur||Shri Dinesh Singh Babbu, Sitting MLA|
|2||Bhoa (SC)||Smt. Seema Kumari, Sitting MLA|
|3||Pathankot||Shri Ashwani Sharma, Sitting MLA|
|5||Dina Nagar (SC)||Shri V.D. Dhupad|
|15||Amritsar North||Shri Anil Joshi, MLA|
|16||Amritsar West (SC)||Shri Rakesh Gill|
|17||Amritsar Central||Shri Tarun Chugh|
|18||Amritsar East||Shri Rajesh Hani|
|29||Phagwara (SC)||Shri Somprakash, MLA|
|34||Jalandhar West (SC)||Shri Mohindra Bhagat|
|35||Jalandhar Central||Shri Manoranjan Kalia, MLA|
|36||Jalandhar North||Shri K.D. Bhandari, Sitting MLA|
|39||Mukerian||Shri Arunesh Shakar|
|40||Dasuya||Smt. Sukhjeet Kaur Sahi, Sitting MLA|
|43||Hoshiarpur||Shri Tikshan Sood|
|49||Anandpur Sahib||Shri Parmindra Sharma|
|63||Ludhiana Central||Shri Gurudev Sharma Devi|
|64||Ludhiana West||Shri Kamal Chetli|
|65||Ludhiana North||Shri Praveen Bansal|
|76||Firozpur City||Shri Sukhlal Singh “Nannu”|
|80||Fazilka||Shri Surjeet Jyani, MLA|
|81||Abohar||Shri Arun Narang|
|111||Rajpura||Shri Harjeet Singh Grewal|
The CEC including PM Modi and party president Amit Shah, had met last evening to finalise the names. As per the sources that there are divergent views in the party over dropping some of the MLAs, causing a delay in the final announcement.
The last date of filing nomination is 18th January 2017. The state assembly election is to be held on 4th February 2017. Aam Aadmi Party has emerged in Punjab state as a formidable third force in the state. SAD-BJP is locked in a tough battle with Congress and AAP.