Bathinda Urban, constituency No. 92 of Punjab legislative assembly, is the constituency is the turf for senior leader Manpreet Singh Badal. Badal, who is fighting on a Congress ticket, has served legislative assembly four times on Shiromani Akali Dal’s ticket in 1995, 1997, 2002 and 2007 from the Gidderbaha constituency in Punjab. Badal, the former finance minister of Punjab, is facing a tough contest from Aam Aadmi Party’s Deepak Bansal and SAD’s Sarup Chand Singla . The leader was expelled SAD in October 2010 on charges of “anti-party activities”. The seat is situated in Bathinda district and comes under Bathinda Lok Sabha constituency. It is an open constituency.
Bhatinda Urban Constituency at a glance:
AAP Deepak Bansal
INC Manpreet Singh Badal
SAD Sarup Chand Singla
SHS Parveen Hiteshi
BMP Sant Lal
Number of Voters
As per Election Commission of India, Bathinda Urban has 1,83,804 registered voters. The constituency has 97,270 male and 86,534 female registered voters.
Who won last time
In the last Punjab assembly elections held in 2012, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) won this constituency by 6,645 votes. Sarup Chand Singla, the winning candidate from Shiromani Akali Dal, got 62,546 votes. The runner-up was Harminder Singh Jassi of Congress who got 55,901 votes. The voter turnout was 74.02 %.
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.