Ludhiana, January 21
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today announced candidates for its five seats from Ludhiana. Two candidates from the urban and three from rural areas were announced.
Urban area candidates are Gurdev Sharma from the Ludhiana Central seat and advocate Vikram Singh Sidhu from Ludhiana West.
From the rural areas, the BJP has announced, Gurpreet Singh Bhatti from Khanna, SR Ladhar from Gill and Kanwar Naredra Singh from Jagraon.
In the 2017 Assembly elections also Gurdev Sharma had contested from the Central constituency against Surinder Dawar and had lost the election by a margin of 20,480 votes. Surinder Dawar is the siting MLA from the Ludhiana Central constituency and is also Congress candidate from the same constituency.
From the Ludhiana West constituency, advocate Vikram Singh Sidhu will be contesting. Last year, it was Kamal Chatly who had contested on this seat for the BJP. A first-timer in 2017 elections, Chatly had stood third. Chatly has now joined the Shiromani Akali Dal. Sidhu’s passion for social justice and resolving people’s problem became his motivation to practice law and thereafter inspired him to join the BJP in 2020. Sidhu is member of the state executive committee of the BJP and will have a tough battle against siting MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu of the Congress.
From Khanna, Gurpreet Singh Bhatti has been announced candidate by the BJP. Bhatti had recently joined the BJP after leaving the Aam Aadmi Party. Earlier in 2011, Bhatti had joined hands with Manpreet Singh Badal and had fought 2012 elections as the People’s Party of Punjab candidate from Khanna. In 2016, he joined the AAP and fought from Amloh. He lost both the elections. Gurkirat Singh Kotli from the Congress is the siting MLA from Khanna and also Congress candidate for the constituency.
From the Gill constituency, SR Laddhar, a retired IAS officer, has been declared candidate by the BJP. Laddhar had set up the Kiri Kisan Sher-e-Punjab but later merged with BJP in December. During the protest by farmers against the farm laws he had organised protest rallies against the BJP-led Central government but is now the party’s candidate from the Gill constituency. Kuldip Singh Vaid from the Congress, who is also a former IAS officer, is siting MLA from the Gill constituency. The Congress is yet to announce candidate for the seat.
From Jagraon, Kanwar Narendra Singh has been announced as candidate by the BJP. Kanwar has been associated with the BJP for the past many years and has retired as a Tehsildar from Ludhiana. He has also been president of the Tehsildar union. Saravjit Kaur Manuke of the AAP is the siting MLA from Jagraon.
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