Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, on 16 November, released the first list of 69 candidates of the party for the 2017 state Assembly election and said the second list too would be released soon.
Releasing the list, he said all the cabinet ministers will contest from their respective Assembly segments, barring Parminder Singh Dhindsa, who will contest from Lehragaga instead of Sunam.
Among the ministers named were -- Adaish Partap Singh Kairon (Patti), Ajit Singh Kohar ((Shahkot), Gulzar Singh Ranike (Attari), Sohan Singh Thandal (Chabbewal), Janmeja Singh Sekhon (Maur), Tota Singh (Dharamkot), Bikram Singh Majithia (Majitha), Sikander Singh Maluka (Rampura Phul), Surjit Singh Rakhra (Samana), Sharanjit Singh Dhillon (Sahnewal) and Daljeet Singh Cheema (Rupnagar).
List of Punjab Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidates released. pic.twitter.com/Hwme7pdu5s— ANI (@ANI_news) November 16, 2016
Others on the list included Amarpal Singh Bonny from Ajnala, Veer Singh Lopoke (Raja Sansi), Sarup Chand Singla (Bathinda Urban), Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu (Talwandi Sabo), Hari Singh (Zira). MP Prem Singh Chandumajra's son Harinderpal Singh was named as the SAD candidate from Sanour.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has already announced the names of 79 candidates for the Punjab polls. There are 117 Assembly seats in the state.