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Punjab Election 2017: Here are top constituencies that heated up the state's political potpourri

The long-drawn electoral battle in Punjab will come to a conclusion with counting set to begin at 8 am on Saturday. The 2017 poll battle was different from previous elections in many ways, right from the key poll issues that defined campaigning in the northwestern state or the four main parties whose fate will be declared on Saturday.

Punjab, which had mostly seen a contest between Shiromani Akali Dal-Bhartiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) alliance and the Indian National Congress over the last few decades, added a third front in this election with the entrance of Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party.

Congress Party State President, Captain Amarinder Singh. PTI

Congress Party State President, Captain Amarinder Singh. PTI

There are a total of 1,145 candidates in the fray, with all the top-three contenders Congress, SAD-BJP alliance as well as AAP fielding 117 candidates. The agrarian state is likely to witness the biggest shake-up with Saturday ready to decide the fate of several high-profile candidates from all the parties including incumbent Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal of SAD, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal from Jalalabad, Parkash Singh Bhatti from Balluna and Hardeep Singh 'Dimpy' Dhillon from Giddarbaha.

SAD is fighting on 94 of the 117 seats while 23 seats have been given to the alliance partner, the BJP. Some of the high-profile candidates include Dinesh Singh Babbu, Ashwani Sharma, Seema Kumari, KD Bhandari and Sukhjeet Kaur Sahi.

Captain Amarinder Singh is the chief ministerial candidate for Congress and will be contesting from Patiala as well as from SAD leader and incumbent Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's home turf Lambi. Among some of the high-profile candidates and new entrants, Congress will see former SAD leader Manpreet Singh Badal (estranged nephew of Parkash Singh Badal) contesting from Bathinda Urban Assembly, Vijay Inder Singla from Sangrur, incumbent Sunil Jakhar from Abohar, Sukhjinder Raj Singh Lalli Majithia from Majithia, Jagmohan Singh Kang, Amrik Singh Dhillon, Amrinder Singh Raja Warring from Gidderbaha, Karan Kaur Brar from Muktsar, Mohammad Sadique from Bhadaur SC, Ajaib Singh Bhatti from Malout SC, Inderbir Singh Bolaria from Amritsar South, Manju Bansal from Mansa and Sanjay Talwar from Ludhiana East. Cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu who joined Congress right before the election contested from Amritsar East.

As for AAP, which is largely been seen as the outsider party in the current election has fielded a mix of activists, doctors and lawyers led by Bhagwant Mann, who challenged SAD's Sukhbir Singh Badal and Congress' Ravneet Singh Bittu. Other prominent faces in APP includes Supreme Court lawyer HS Phoolka from Dakha constituency in Ludhiana, Himmat Singh Shergill from SAS Nagar (Mohali) constituency, Sarabjit Kaur, wife of former finance minister in the Akali government Captain Kanwaljit Singh from Dera Bassi.

Another prominent candidate in the fray is Sucha Singh Chhotepur from Gurdaspur who is contesting against two-time sitting SAD MLA Gurbachan SIngh Babbehali, Congress' Barindollt Singh Pahra and AAP's Amarjeet Singh Chahal.

Even though the exit polls on Thursday predicted a close battle between Congress and AAP, parties like the Communist Party of India — Marxist (CPM), Communist Party of India — Marxist Liberation (CPI-ML), Aapna Punjab Party (APP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Punjab Front, Trinamool Congress (TMC), Punjab United (PU), Akali Dal (AD), Apna Punjab (AP), Jai Jawan Jai Kisan Party (JJJKP), Swabhiman Party (SP) and Janta Dal United (JDU) can also play a crucial role if the state sees hung Assembly. This is even though the polls predicted very few seats for these parties.

Other political outfits in the fray include BSP, former AAP leader Sucha Singh Chhotepur-led Apna Punjab Party, the Left comprising CPI and CPI-M, and SAD-Amritsar.

Constituency Winner Candidate Winner Party Loser Candidate Loser Party Vote Margin
Fazilka Davinder Singh Ghubaya Congress Surjit Kumar Jyani BJP 265
Dera Baba Nanak Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa Congress Sucha Singh Langah SAD 1,194
Budhlada Budh Ram AAP Ranjit Kaur Bhatti Congress 1,276
Ludhiana East Sanjeev Talwar Congress Daljit Singh Grewal (Bhola) AAP 1,581
Dirba Harpal Singh Cheema AAP Ajaib Singh Ratolan Congress 1,645
Phagwara Som Parkash BJP Joginder Singh Mann Congress 2,009
Kharar Kanwar Sandhu AAP Jagmohan Singh Kang Congress 2,012
Barnala Gurmeet Singh Meet Haher AAP Kewal Singh Dhillon Congress 2,432
Dhuri Dalvir Singh Goldy Congress Jasvir Singh Jassi Sekhon AAP 2,811
Abohar Arun Narang BJP Sunil Jakhar Congress 3,279
Nawanshahr Angad Singh Congress Jarnail Singh Wahid SAD 3,323
Phillaur Baldev Singh Khaira SAD Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary Congress 3,477
Dakha Harvinder Singh Phoolka AAP Manpreet Singh Ayali SAD 4,169
Sahnewal Sharanjit Singh Dhillon SAD Satwinder Kaur Bitti Congress 4,551
Balluana Nathu Ram Congress Parkash Singh Bhatti SAD 15449
Malout Ajaib Singh Bhatti Congress Darshan Singh SAD 4,989
Ludhiana North Rakesh Pandey Congress Parveen Bansal BJP 5,132
Baba Bakala Santokh Singh Congress Dalbir Singh Tong AAP 6587
Bhagha Purana Darshan Singh Brar Congress Gurbinder Singh Kang AAP 7,250
Adampur Pawan Kumar Tinu SAD Mohinder Singh Kaypee Congress 7,699
Muktsar Kanwarjit Singh SAD Karan Kaur Congress 7,980
Sultanpur Lodhi Navtej Singh Cheema Congress Upinderjit Kaur SAD 8,162
Bholath Sukhpal Singh Khaira AAP Yuvraj Bhupinder Singh SAD 8,202
Gill Kuldeep Singh Vaid(Bulara) Congress Jiwan Singh Sangowal AAP 8,641
Sardulgarh Dilraj Singh SAD Ajit Inder Singh Congress 8,857
Pathankot Amit Congress Ashwani Kumar BJP 11,170
Hoshiarpur Sunder Sham Arora Congress Tikshan Sud BJP 11,233
Faridkot Kusaldeep Singh Kiki Dhillon Congress Gurdit Singh Sekhon AAP 11,659
Qadian Fatehjang Singh Bajwa Congress Sewa Singh SAD 11,737
Amargarh Surjit Singh Dhiman Congress Iqbal Singh Jhundan SAD 11,879
Chamkaur Sahib Charanjit Singh Channi Congress Charanjit Singh AAP 12,308
Malerkotla Razia Sultana Congress Mohammad Owais SAD 12,702
Tarn Taran Dr. Dharambir Agnihotri Congress Harmeet Singh Sandhu SAD 14,629
Maur Jagdev Singh AAP Janmeja Singh Sekhon SAD 14,677
Gidderbaha Amrinder Singh @ Raja Warring Congress Hardeep Singh @ Dimpy Dhillon SAD 16,212
Atam Nagar Simarjeet Singh Bains Lok Insaaf Party Kamal Jit Singh Karwal Congress 16,913
Sri Hargobindpur Balwinder Singh Congress Manjit Singh SAD 18,065
Nakodar Gurpratap Singh Wadala SAD Sarwan Singh Hayer AAP 18,407
Jandiala Sukhwinder Singh Danny Bandala Congress Dalbir Singh SAD 18,422
Bathinda Urban Manpreet Singh Badal Congress Deepak Bansal AAP 18,480
Jalalabad Sukhbir Singh Badal SAD Bhagwant Mann AAP 18,500
Talwandi Sabo Prof. Baljinder Kaur AAP Khushbaz Singh Jatana Congress 19,293
Khem Karan Sukhpal Singh Bhullar Congress Virsa Singh SAD 19,602
Mansa Nazar Singh Manshahia AAP Manoj Bala Congress 20,469
Amritsar Central Om Parkash Soni Congress Tarun Chugh BJP 21,116
Lambi Parkash Singh SAD Amarinder Singh Congress 22,770
Majitha Bikram Singh Majithia SAD Sukhjinder Raj Singh (Lalli) Congress 22,884
Nihal Singhwala Manjit Singh AAP Rajwinder Kaur Congress 27,574
S.A.S.Nagar Balbir Singh Sidhu Congress Narinder Singh AAP 27,873
Kapurthala Rana Gurjit Singh Congress Advocate Paramjit Singh SAD 28,817
Sangrur Vijay Inder Singla Congress Dinesh Bansal AAP 30,812
Ludhiana South Balvinder Singh Bains Lok Insaaf Party Bhupinder Singh Sidhu Congress 30,917
Dina Nagar Aruna Chaudhary Congress Bishan Dass BJP 31,917
Amritsar East Navjot Singh Sidhu Congress Rajesh Kumar Honey BJP 42,809
Patiala Amarinder Singh Congress Dr.Balbir Singh AAP 52,407
Amritsar North Sunil Dutti Congress Anil Joshi BJP 6,497

To see how the counting day progressed on Saturday, click here to read our election blog.


Published Date: Mar 11, 2017 21:42 PM | Updated Date: Mar 11, 2017 21:42 PM

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