The Shiromani Aakali Dal has decided to once again field Prem Singh Chandumajra from the Anandpur Sahib seat and former Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal from Jalandhar. Their names were finalised by the party’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC) that met here today. Chandumajra and Atwal have been given the go-ahead to start campaigning.
The party has so far decided on three candidates, including Bibi Jagir Kaur for the Khadoor Sahib seat. Allotting ticket to senior leaders is being seen as a tactical move to rebut charges levelled by Taksali leaders that senior leaders were being ignored. A meeting to pick candidates for the Ludhiana, Patiala, Sangrur, Bathinda, Ferozepur, Faridkot and Fatehgarh Sahib seats will be held on March 17-18.
In Malwa, traditionally a SAD stronghold, the party will be fielding big guns, including members of the Badal family. It is believed at least two members of the family will be in the fray.