After Lambi, Jalalabad could be termed as second most crucial Assembly seat in Punjab Assembly Elections 2017. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Sangrur Bhagwant Mann MP is taking on Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal at Jalalabad assembly segment. The Delhi Chief Minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal had himself announced the candidature of Bhagwant Mann against the state deputy CM in the upcoming assembly elections. Mann is AAP’s popular face in Punjab, and a poptential face for chief minister.
The Aam Aadmi Party has rallied extensively in the constituency of the Deputy Chief Minister to carry out a strong message. Arvind Kejriwal has campaigned aggressively plans to address 21 rallies in Punjab for 10 days till November 30.
It was reported that Mann, who is already an MP, had himself wished to represent Jalalabad constituency against the deputy CM. The AAP leader had previously, in public gatherings, addressed his interest to fight in the Sukhbir Singh Badal’s stronhold.
Along with Jalalabad, Lambi is alo witnessing a similar battle of heavy weights. All the three major parties camps, BJP-SAD, Congress and Aam Aadmi Party, have pitted their potential CM candidates in this seat. While Congress has fielded Amarinder Singh, SAD’s five-time CM Parkash Singh Badal. This is first time in Punjab’s political history, when two stalwarts facing each other from same constituency.
Candidates in fray:
AAP Bhagwant Mann
INC Ravneet Singh Bittu
SAD Sukhbir Singh Badal
Who won last time:
Punjab’s deputy chief minister and senior SAD leader Sukhbir Singh Badal won this seat with a margin of over 50,000 votes.
Punjab Elections 2017
Punjab, which saw polling on February 4, has emerged a high-stake elections for BJP and Congress. The state this time is witnessing 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.