The crucial Amsritsar East Contituency has grabbed all the eyeballs in Punjab Elections. Congress has fielded it star campaigner Navjot Kaur Sidhu from this constituency. His wife, turncoat lawmaker, Navjot Kaur Sidhu is the sitting MLA from this constituency. In interesting turn of events, Sidhu joined Congress leaving BJP after much hype and drama, and a failed attempt by the former cricketer to establish a third-front party.
Sidhu had joined same day when Captain Amarinder Singh, who heads the Congress campaign, filed his nomination papers from Lambi constituency, where he is locking horns with chief minister and SAD leader Prakash Singh Badal. However, Singh is also fighting from his hometown Patiala seat.
Amritsar East Constituency at a glance:
Number of voters in Amritsar East
The total number of registered voters in Amritsar East assembly seat is 153288. The total number of votes cast in this constituency during the 2017 elections is 99306. The voting percentage was recorded at 64.78%, which is less than the state average of 77.4%.
Who won last time:
Shrimati Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who fought on a BJP ticket, is the current MLA from Amritsar East. She is now associated with Congres. Navjot won the elections by winning with a margin of 7101 votes. Independent candidate Simarpreet Kaur Bhatia was the runner up candidate.
Amritsar East Candidates
AAP Candidate :Sarabjot Singh Dhanjal
BJP Candidate: Rajesh Honey
Congress: Navjot Singh Sidhu
Punjab Elections 2017
Punjab, which went to the polls on February 4, has emerged as much of a high-stake elections for BJP and Congress as Uttar Pradesh. The state this time has seen the entry of Aam Aadmi Party, which, going by its past records could be a dangerous addition for all the traditional players. If BJP-Akali Dal alliance win, it would be seen as result of Narendra Modi’s efforts. However, BJP-SAD defeat would be attributed more to Badal’s misrule. The state has seen an endemic drug problem over the past decade, growing unemployment – the core issues on which Congress and AAP have been cornering SAD.