Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday said that he will be contesting the 2022 Assembly polls from 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 said.
Reportedly, Patiala has been a stronghold of Singh's family (His father was the last Maharaja of the princely state of Patiala). He has won the seat four times and his wife Preneet Kaur represented it for three years from 2014 to 2017.
Recently, Singh announced the formation of his new political party - 'Punjab Lok Congress'. The announcement came immediately after he formally resigned from the Congress party by sending a letter to Sonia Gandhi.
Meanwhile, Singh is expected to stitch an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the upcoming polls. And speculation has picked up pace after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announced that the Centre would repeal the three controversial farm laws.
After the announcement, Singh thanked PM Modi and said he would now go ahead with his plans for the polls. "The plan for seat sharing will be worked out 110% and farmers should join the fight too," he said.
AAP to emerge as single-largest party in Punjab: ABP-CVoter Survey
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is likely to emerge as the single largest party in Punjab in the 2022 Assembly polls, the ABP-CVoter Survey said.
The Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led party is likely to bag 47-53 seats in the 117-member Punjab Assembly, followed by the ruling Congress (42-50 seats) and the Shiromani Akali Dal (16-24 seats), the survey said. Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to win 0-1 seat.
In terms of of vote share, AAP's numbers are likely to go up from 23.7 per cent in 2017 to 36.5 per cent in the next year's Assembly polls. Meanwhile, the vote shares of Congress (from 38.5 per cent to 34.9 per cent) and the Shiromani Akali Dal (from 25.2 per cent to 20.6 per cent) will decrease, the survey said.
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