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Punjab Assembly Elections: After first list, Congress faces heat from Manpreet Badal’s erstwhile PPP

Manpreet, the estranged cousin of Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal, has merged PPP with Congress for the 2017 polls.

Written by Divya Goyal | Ludhiana |
December 17, 2016 12:24:41 am

A day after it announced the first list of candidates for the Punjab Assembly elections, Manpreet Badal’s erstwhile People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) has spelled trouble for Congress in Fatehgarh Sahib.  Manpreet, the estranged cousin of Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal, has merged PPP with Congress for the 2017 polls.

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However, former PPP volunteers have now come out against candidates declared for Amloh and Bassi Pathana constituencies of Fatehgarh Sahib. From Amloh, the Congress has fielded sitting MLA Kaka Randeep Singh Nabha. However, supporters of Jagmeet Singh Sahota Bawa, a former PPP leader who joined the Congress with Manpreet Badal, protested on Friday demanding that the “local candidate” be given the ticket. Bawa fought from Amloh in 2012 on a PPP ticket, but lost. he said Friday that if “the Congress high command does not reconsider its decision, he might contest from Amloh as an Independent candidate”. His supporters also started a social media campaign against Nabha.

District Congress president of Fatehgarh Sahib, Harinder Bhambri, was also a contender from Amloh.

Sources said he too might protest against the party after not getting a ticket.

The Bassi Pathana constituency is facing an opposite trouble. The Congress has given ticket to Gurpreet Singh GP, who contested 2012 polls from Chamkaur Sahib on a PPP ticket, but lost.

He joined Congress December last year.

Now, Congress workers have come out against his candidature.

They said Harbans Kaur Dullo, who lost 2012 polls to SAD’s Nirmal Singh, deserved a ticket. Another senior leader Harnek Diwana was also offended and sources said he was in Delhi to register his resentment with Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi.

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