Punjab polls: Amarinder Singh to contest from Patiala

Chandigarh: Former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh will contest the upcoming assembly elections from his family stronghold of Patiala.

“I will contest from Patiala. Patiala is with us for 400 years and I am not going to leave it due to Sidhu,” Singh announced on his Facebook page, as he targeted his rival and Congress’ Punjab unit president Navjot Singh Sidhu.

By “400 years”, Singh invoked the legacy of his royal family, which ruled the erstwhile princely state of Patiala. The assembly seat was won by him in the last assembly elections, defeating BJP’s General (retd) JJ Singh by a margin of over 60,000 votes.

Cumulatively, Singh has represented Patiala in the state assembly four times in his political career, whereas, his wife was an MLA from the seat for three years between 2014 and 2017.

The announcement from Singh comes around three weeks after he formally resigned from the Congress, ending his two decades old association with the party.

The new party, Punjab Lok Congress, whose application for registration has been sent to the Election Commission, will tie-up with Akali factions and the BJP, Singh had said.

Notably, the 117-seat Punjab assembly would go to polls in early 2022. While the Election Commission is yet to announce the dates, it is expected that the polls would be held around January-February.

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