The Congress has released a first list of 86 candidates for next month’s Punjab Assembly election.
Chief Minister Charanjit Channi will fight from his seat of Chamkaur Saheb, while the party’s state unit chief, Navjot Sidhu, will be fielded from his Amritsar (East) constituency.
Actor-activist Sonu Sood’s sister Malvika, who joined the Congress on Tuesday and was hailed by Sidhu as a “game-changer”, has been given the Moga ticket.
Sidhu Moosewala, the controversial Punjabi singer who joined the party last month, will be fielded from the Mansa Assembly seat, which is his hometown.
Moosewala – known to flaunt guns in his music videos – faces many cases that accuse him of glorifying violence. His joining the party raised eyebrows and prompted hard questions of Navjot Sidhu, which he stonewalled at the time.
Voting for Punjab’s 117 seats will take place in a single phase on February 14.
Results will be announced on March 10.
The ruling Congress is fighting to retain power in one of very few states it rules outright, with strong challenges expected from the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party.