The Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday released the first list of 19 candidates for the upcoming assembly elections in Punjab , while naming the controversial leader Bhagwant Mann as the head of campaign committee.
Mann has been named chairman of AAP campaign committee for Punjab, news agency ANI reported. The minister is facing a probe for breaching security protocol with 12-minute Parliament video , which was apparently shot on July 21. In the video, which Mann posted on Facebook, he gives a running commentary as his vehicle crosses barricades and enters the Parliament.
The most prominent figure in the first list of candidates includes noted Supreme Court lawyer HS Phoolka. Phoolka, who had lost the Lok Sabha election of 2014 from Ludhiana, will contest from Dakha constituency in Ludhiana district, said the Aam Aadmi Party, which has emerged as a major player in the state.
The senior lawyer had led a campaign to get justice for the victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots and could be a strong contender for being projected as the party's chief ministerial face in Punjab.
The candidates are a mix of lawyers, activists, a former MP, sportsmen, an ex-serviceman, a doctor, an engineer and traders.
Himmat Singh Shergill will contest from SAS Nagar Mohali. He too, had unsuccessfully contested on AAP ticket from Anandpur Sahib Lok Sabha constituency.