Lok Sabha Polls 2019: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) fields Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal from Ludhiana

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) who has in a run-up to the general elections stitched an alliance with Bhartiya Janta party had on Sunday announced the name of former Cabinet Minister Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal to contest from Ludhiana Parliamentary constituency for the  Lok Sabha Polls in Punjab.

The announcement was made SAD Chief and Former Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. However, the party earlier wanted to name District President Ranjit Singh Dhillon from the seat. With this, the party has now announced candidates on 8 Lok Sabha seats out of the 10 allotted to it in a poll pact with Bharatiya Janata Party.

The party is expected to soon remaining names soon.

The party in its initial list has named Bibi Jagir Kaur from Khadoor Sahib Lok Sabha Seat, among Others. SAD partner BJP has yet not made any announcement on three seats – Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur – allotted to it.

READ: Lok Sabha Polls 2019: Here is the list of Candidates announced by BJP-led NDA

BJP-SAD combine will take on Congress, Punjab Democratic Alliance comprising seven parties including one floated by Sukhpal Singh Khaira. While AAP has also named its candidates on more than 8 Lok Sabha Seats in the state.

In 2014 General Elections, BJP-SAD combine won 6 Lok Sabha Seats with BJP emerged victorious on 2 seats while SAD on 4. Congress who suffered major setback across the nation managed to win 3 Lok Sabha Seats in Punjab while debutant Aam Aadmi Party bagged 4 Lok Sabha Seats.

Election Commission had on March 10 declared schedule for General Elections 2019. General Elections have already begun and would spread on Seven Phases starting from April 11 to May 19.

Counting of Votes and Results for the mega Battle of ballots will be announced on May 23 four days after the 7th phase of voting.

Punjab for its 13 Parliamentary seats will poll in a single phase on May 19 four days ahead of counting.

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