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Punjab Elections 2022 Updates: SAD-BSP Alliance Will Win Over 80 Seats, Claims Sukhbir Badal

Punjab Elections 2022 LIVE Updates: Campaigning for the 117 assembly seats of Punjab came to an end on Friday evening even as political parties made last-minute efforts to mobilise support for their candidates ahead of the February 20 elections.

News18.com | March 10, 2022, 05:51 IST
Sukhbir Singh Badal

Punjab Elections 2022 Updates: Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday claimed that the SAD-BSP alliance would win over 80 seats in the February 20 Punjab assembly polls. Badal also predicted that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) would fail to cross its tally of 20 seats that it won in the 2017 polls while the Congress was likely to be reduced to less than 10 seats in the 117-member Punjab Read More

Feb 19, 2022 19:41 IST

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Punjab will head to polling booths on February 20, Sunday after months of hectic political action that saw a change of Chief Minister and unprecedented breach of the Prime Minister’s security. Political equations, too, changed dramatically in the state with Captain Amarinder Singh floating the new Punjab Lok Congress after walking out of the Congress over his acrimonious ouster from the top job. Amarinder Singh has now struck up an alliance with the BJP, which is fighting solo and trying to shed the shadow of the year-long farmers’ protest. READ MORE

Feb 19, 2022 19:39 IST

READ | No Lack of Politicking Over Drugs in Punjab, But Political Parties Fail to Come Up with Concrete Plan

Even as Punjab’s drug crisis rages, it has once again found the top spot among political issues in the assembly elections this time. All political parties have promised to resolve the state’s “drug problem” but little has been done to come up with concrete solutions. In the 2017 assembly elections, too, both Congress and AAP had promised action against the “drug syndicate”. Former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, in his election campaign, had taken an oath over the Gutka Sahib, a book of Sikh religious hymns, to “break the backbone of drugs” in the state in four weeks. This the promise for which Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu targeted him, but Captain has maintained that he did a lot to curb the drug problem in the state. READ MORE

Feb 19, 2022 14:51 IST

READ | Punjab Elections 2022: Kejriwal And Mann — How It Works on The Ground

On Guru Ravidass Jayanti this Wednesday, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal and its two-time MP and chief ministerial face in Punjab Bhagwant Mann prayed together at the famous Guru Ravidass temple before setting out to campaign together in Jalandhar. The duo not only sent a message to the politically significant 32% Scheduled Caste population in Punjab but also one of unity in AAP in the face of serious infighting within the state’s ruling Congress. READ MORE

Feb 19, 2022 13:25 IST

Punjab Elections: Who Are the Candidates?

A total of 1,304 candidates, including 93 women, are in the fray. The voting will take place from 8 am to 6 pm, said Punjab chief electoral officer S Karuna Raju. Among prominent candidates are Channi, Mann, Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, two former CMs Amarinder Singh and Parkash Singh Badal, and Sukhbir Singh Badal. Channi is contesting from two seats, Chamkaur Sahib in Rupnagar and Bhadaur in Barnala. Mann is contesting from Dhuri, which is part of the Sangrur parliamentary constituency, from where he is a two-time MP.

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READ | Smiles and Roses Fail to Paper Over Congress Cracks as Final Hour of Punjab Campaign Ends in Confusion

With little over two hours left for Punjab elections 2022 campaigning on Friday, the Congress put up a united front with Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi flanked by Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and senior leader Sunil Jakhar. READ MORE

Feb 19, 2022 09:51 IST

Chandigarh DSP Files Case Against Sidhu for Not Issuing Apology Over Remarks Against Police in 2021 Rally

Chandigarh DSP Dilsher Singh Chandel files criminal defamation plea against Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu in court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, saying the politician had failed to tender unconditional apology for his comments against police during a rally in 2021.

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Punjab Polls: Bhagwant Mann, Sidhu Have 'Brighter Future' in Comedy: Minister Hardeep Singh Puri

AAP chief ministerial candidate Bhagwant Mann and Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu have “brighter future” in comedy, BJP leader and Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Friday in a swipe at them ahead of the February 20 assembly polls. READ MORE

Feb 19, 2022 07:54 IST

RECAP | Punjab Polls: On Last Day of Campaigning, Road Shows by CM Faces Channi, Bhagwant Mann, Amarinder

Campaigning for the 117 assembly seats of Punjab came to an end on Friday evening even as political parties made last-minute efforts to mobilise support for their candidates ahead of the February 20 elections. The Congress released its manifesto earlier in the day, promising financial assistance for women, one lakh government jobs and creation of corporations for the sale of liquor and sand mining if it returns to power in the state. READ MORE

Feb 19, 2022 07:24 IST

Punjab Polls: Amit Shah Assures Punjab CM Channi of Probe Into AAP's 'Links With SFJ', Says 'Myself Looking Into It'

In a major setback to Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party days ahead of Punjab assembly polls, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has acceded the request of Charanjit Singh Channi government to probe the alleged connection between proscribed terror outfit Sikhs For Justice with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). In a letter on Friday, Shah said “any political party seeking help from a terrorist outfit in polls is against the sovereignty and integrity of the nation.” READ MORE

Feb 19, 2022 07:21 IST

Punjab Polls: BJP Appeals for Clear Majority for Punjab's Peace and Prosperity

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday appealed to the people of Punjab to give the party-led alliance a clear majority for peace and prosperity in the state which goes to the polls on Sunday. Union Minister and the party’s Punjab affairs in-charge, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said his party has come with a vision and agenda for the development of Punjab, unlike the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party, which the saffron party claimed, are pursuing a divisive agenda. Shekhawat, along with the state BJP general secretary, Subhash Sharma, said, the BJP was fighting the Punjab elections as a major partner for the first time while earlier it used to contest only 23 seats. He appealed to the people to give the BJP-led alliance a clear majority for Punjab’s peace and prosperity.

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The SAD-BSP combine is heading towards an absolute majority, he said. Our seats are increasing by the day as people are realizing the time-tested pro-farmer, pro-poor policies of the SAD coupled with its commitment to peace and communal harmony is the only way forward,” Badal said.

Meanwhile, the Centre has taken “serious” note of a pro-Khalistan group’s letter extending support to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Friday as the controversy over the letter created a flutter on the last day of campaigning in Punjab. The letter was purportedly written by the Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) in Gurmukhi was forwarded to the home minister by Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi along with a personal note saying the matter was “serious” and compromised the security and integrity of the nation.

Shah, in his reply to Channi’s letter, said that no one will be allowed to play with India’s unity and integrity. He said it is highly condemnable that to grab power some people go to the extent of joining hands with the separatists and also go to the limits of breaking Punjab and the country.

He said this in reply to the letter written by Channi claiming that he had received a letter by SFJ which shows that the group is in constant touch with the AAP. Channi claimed that in the SFJ letter it was mentioned that it had given its support to the AAP in the assembly elections in Punjab in 2017 and similarly in these polls too.

Campaigning for the 117 assembly seats of Punjab came to an end on Friday evening even as political parties made last-minute efforts to mobilise support for their candidates ahead of the February 20 elections. The Congress released its manifesto earlier in the day, promising financial assistance for women, one lakh government jobs and creation of corporations for the sale of liquor and sand mining if it returns to power in the state.

Chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi, AAP leaders Arvind Kejriwal, Bhagwant Mann and Shiromani Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia took out road shows in Bhadaur, Jalalabad, Raikot and Amritsar. Former CM Captain Amarinder Singh and defence minister Rajnath Singh took out a road show in Patiala. Amarinder Singh’s wife and Congress MP Preneet Kaur also took part in the road show. Former CM Parkash Singh Badal and Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal also campaigned on the last day.

(with inputs from PTI)

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