Lambi may be called the most crucial Assembly seat in Punjab. 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.
The newest challenger to the Congress and the Akali Dal-BJP combine is AAP’s Delhi lawmaker Jarnail Singh from this seat. Jarnail, a former journalist, is consiedered close to party chief Arvind Kejriwal. Singh, came into limelight in 2009 when he threw a shoe at then Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram in Delhi, upset over the long delay in justice for victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in the national capital.
While for 89-year-old Badal, Lambi has been his traditional seat since 1997. In the 2012 assembly elections. However, the CM was re-elected by a margin of 24,739 votes against his Congress opponent, a number seen as a relatively small margin for an incumbent Chief Minister.
Amarinder Singh, who turns 75 next month, has taken the risk of contesting from this seat even though he is also in the fray from his traditional home seat of Patiala-Urban and looks confident about taking on Badal.
Political fight in Lambi at a glance:
Candidates in fray:
AAP Jarnail Singh
INC Amarinder Singh
SAD Parkash Singh
PLP Gurmeet Singh Ranghreta
SAD(M) Baljinder Singh
APP Manmander Singh
Who won last time:
In 2012, the Shiromani Akali Dal’s Parkash Singh Badal (SAD) won this seat by a grand margin of 24,739 votes. The runner-up was Maheshinder Singh of Congress who got 43,260 votes. The voter turnout was 87.23 %.
Number of voters:
As per Election Commission of India, Lambi has 1,40,066 registered voters. It comprises 73,496 male and 66,570 female registered voters.
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.