New Delhi: Former chief minister Amarinder
Singh and his son Raninder Singh are among 114 Congress
candidates whose names were released on Friday for the Punjab
Assembly polls, with the party fielding the kin of many top
leaders from the state.
The Congress list includes former deputy chief minister
Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and her son-in-law Vikram Singh Bajwa.
PCC chief Amarinder Singh will contest from Patiala urban
seat and Bhattal from Lehra seat, Raninder will contest from
Samana and Bhattal`s son-in-law Vikram is the party
candidate from Sahnewal.
Despite a demand from within the party for not granting
tickets to close relatives of senior leaders, the list also
includes the kin of atleast four Congress MPs from the state.
While Charanjeet Kaur Bajwa, wife of Gurdaspur MP Pratap
Singh Bajwa, will contest from Qadian assembly constituency,
Suman Kaypee, wife of Jalandhar MP Mohinder Singh Kaypee, is
the party candidate from Jalandhar West (SC) constituency, Ram
Lubhaya, husband of Hoshiarpur MP Santosh Chowdhary, will
contest from Sham Chaurasi (SC) seat and Gurkirat Singh Kotli,
brother of Anandpur Sahib MP Ravneet Singh Bittu, is
contesting from Khanna constituency.
The Congress party, which is trying to regain power in the
state from the Akali-BJP combine, has relied on the old guard
with a majority of its sitting MLAs finding a place in the
party list with some adjustments after delimitation.
Only five sitting MLAs were denied party ticket, while the
kin of atleast three sitting MLAs have been fielded.