It additionally has three ladies candidates, together with former chief parliamentary secretary Seema Kumari from Bhoa (SC) meeting section.
In the night, it launched its third checklist, naming the remaining three candidates.
Former Union minister of state and sitting chairman of the (*30*) Commission of Scheduled Castes Vijay Sampla has been fielded from Phagwara (SC) reserve constituency, whereas chairperson of the (*30*) Commission for Minorities and former IPS officer Iqbal Singh Lalpura would contest from Ropar.
Out of the full 117 meeting constituencies, the BJP is contesting in alliance with former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh-led Punjab Lok Congress(PLC) and Rajya Sabha member Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa-led Shiromani Akali Dal(SAD) Sanyukt with seat sharing system of 65, 37 and 15 constituencies, respectively.
Former well being minister Baldev Raj Chawla’s son Dr Ram Chawla would contest from Amritsar Central constituency and Jagmohan Singh Raju from Amritsar East.
Three-time MLA from SAD Manjit Singh Manna, who joined the BJP on Thursday after he was denied ticket by the occasion, has been fielded from Baba Bakala (SC) reserve constituency.
Raju is 1985-batch Tamil Nadu cadre IAS officer, who was serving as further chief secretary / chief resident commissioner at Tamil Nadu House in New Delhi, has been permitted to retire voluntarily from January 27.
He has been fielded towards Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu and SAD’s outstanding face Bikram Singh Majithia.
Turncoats get an opportunity
Among outstanding turncoats who left the Congress not too long ago, the BJP has fielded Qadian MLA Fateh Jung Singh Bajwa from Batala and Moga legislator Dr Harjot Kamal from his personal meeting section.
Sarabjit Singh Makkar, former Akali MLA who had joined the saffron occasion final month, has been given a ticket from Jalandhar Cantt. Former mayor of Jalandhar and Congress chief Surinder Mahey, who joined the BJP in 2019, has been fielded from Kartarpur (SC) reserve seat. He had unsuccessfully contested the 2017 meeting polls as an unbiased candidate from Jalandhar West (SC) reserve seat.
Total 5 ladies candidates
The saffron occasion has included three ladies candidates within the second checklist – former chief parliamentary secretary Seema Kumari from Bhoa (SC), Balwinder Kaur from Attari (SC) and Vandana Sangwan from Baluana (SC) reserve seats. In its first checklist of 35 candidates, two ladies candidates — Renu Kashyap from Dina Nagar and Nimisha Mehta from Garhshankar — had discovered a spot.
Party’s outstanding face Harjit Singh Grewal, who had been mediating between the Union authorities and the farmers on the three controversial farm legal guidelines and unsuccessfully contested from Rajpura in 2017 meeting polls, has been dropped. The occasion has fielded Jagdish Kumar Jagga, who was common secretary of the PLC and joined the BJP on Wednesday, from this constituency. A Punjab BJP common secretary, Dayal Singh Sodhi has received the ticket from Maur meeting section. Other common secretaries — Jeevan Gupta, Subhash Sharma and Rajesh Bagha — haven’t been made candidates until now. Former cupboard minister Madan Mohan Mittal’s request for the occasion’s ticket to his son Arvind Mittal from Anandpur Sahib constituency has additionally not discovered favour because the occasion has once more proven religion in Dr Parminder Sharma who had unsuccessfully contested the 2017 meeting polls.
Hot seat candidates
The BJP has pitted Darshan Singh Shivjot towards CM Charanjit Singh Channi from Chamkaur Sahib (SC) reserve constituency, Rakesh Dhingra towards former five-time chief minister and SAD patriarch Parkash Singh Badal from Lambi and Randeep Singh Deol towards AAP’s chief ministerial candidate Bhagwant Mann from Dhuri meeting section.