Aapna Punjab Party (APP) president Sucha Singh Chhotepur on Wednesday released his party’s first list of 15 candidates for the state assembly elections in Chandigarh. Of the 15 nominees, seven will be fielded on reserved seats.
All candidates are former members of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), many rebel ticket hopefuls. Chhotepur, former Punjab convener of the AAP, created the APP following a fall out with the AAP in August.
The list includes a mix of matriculates, post graduates lawyers, doctors. Former additional secretary, government of India, Hardip Singh Kingra, who was head of the finance committee of the AAP and who resigned from the party after he was ignored by in distribution of tickets, is the APP candidate from Faridkot.
Puneet Bhardwaj, the engineer son of former bureaucrat R R Bhardwaj, who headed the intellectual wing of the AAP but later threw his weight behind Chhotepur, will be the party’s candidate from Dera Bassi.
Two former Congressmen, who later joined the AAP and are now with the APP, are also on the list. Gurwinder Mamanke, a former general secretary of the Congress and retired chairman of the improvement trust, is the party’s candidate from Tarn Taran while Jarnail Singh Akalgarh, who remained the member of the block samiti twice, has been fielded from Nabha.
Sarwan Singh Sewak, a ‘giani’ and missionary, is the APP candidate from Dinanagar. Baljit Singh Bhatti, who fought the 2012 assembly polls as an independent, will be the APP candidate from Baba Bakala while Gurwinder Sahi, an NRI and the APP’s Kapurthala district president, has been fielded from Bholath.