Preneet Kaur Files Nomination for Patiala Lok Sabha Seat

BJP candidate Preneet Kaur files nomination for Patiala Lok Sabha seat, accompanied by top party leaders. Several other BJP candidates also file nominations for various Lok Sabha seats in Punjab ahead of June 1 polls.

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Preneet Kaur Files Nomination for Patiala Lok Sabha Seat

Preneet Kaur Files Nomination for Patiala Lok Sabha Seat

On May 12, 2024, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Preneet Kaur filed her nomination for the Patiala Lok Sabha seat, accompanied by prominent party leaders. Kaur, a former Minister of State for External Affairs, was joined by Punjab unit BJP president Sunil Jakhar and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma during the nomination filing process.

Why this matters: The BJP's efforts to expand its presence in Punjab, a state traditionally dominated by the Congress and regional parties, could have significant implications for the country's political landscape. The outcome of the Lok Sabha elections in Punjab will be a key indicator of the BJP's ability to make inroads in new regions and potentially shift the balance of power in Indian politics.

Several other BJP candidates also filed their nominations for various Lok Sabha seats in Punjab on the same day. Arvind Khanna, the BJP candidate from Sangrur, submitted his nomination papers accompanied by Sunil Jakhar. In Hoshiarpur, BJP nominee Anita Som Parkash filed her nomination in the presence of Rajasthan Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma and Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.

Rana Gurmeet Sodhi, the BJP's Ferozepur candidate, filed his nomination accompanied by Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. In Fatehgarh Sahib, BJP candidate Geja Ram Valmiki submitted his nomination papers in the presence of Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi and Deputy Rajasthan Chief Minister Prem Chand Bairwa.

The nominations come ahead of the Lok Sabha polls scheduled for June 1, 2024, in Punjab. A single-phase polling will be held in all 13 Parliamentary seats in the state, including Patiala, as part of the last phase of the general elections. "We are confident of winning the Patiala seat and making significant gains across Punjab," Jakhar said after Kaur filed her nomination.

The BJP has been working to expand its presence in Punjab, a state traditionally dominated by the Congress and regional parties like the Shiromani Akali Dal. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP had won just two out of the 13 seats in Punjab, in alliance with the Akali Dal. However, the party is now contesting the polls independently and has fielded candidates in all 13 constituencies.

The presence of top BJP leaders during the nomination filing process highlights the party's focus on Punjab as it seeks to make inroads in the state. With senior leaders from various states campaigning for the party's candidates, the BJP aims to present a united front and boost its prospects in the upcoming polls. The outcome of the Lok Sabha elections in Punjab will be keenly watched as a bellwether for the BJP's expanding footprint in the state.

Key Takeaways

  • BJP candidate Preneet Kaur files nomination for Patiala Lok Sabha seat.
  • BJP aims to expand presence in Punjab, a state dominated by Congress and regional parties.
  • Several BJP candidates file nominations for various Lok Sabha seats in Punjab.
  • Lok Sabha polls in Punjab scheduled for June 1, 2024, in a single phase.
  • BJP contests polls independently, fielding candidates in all 13 constituencies.