#KnowYourVote: Can the Aam Aadmi Party regain the Sangrur LS seat amidst a possible 5-way battle?

Following the 2022 Punjab Legislative assemblies, all bets are off for the Aam Aadmi Party who will be looking to regain the seat lost SAD (A)'s Simranjit Singh Mann

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The Lok Sabha Constituency of Sangrur consisting of 9 assembly constituencies of Sangrur, Barnala and Malerkotla districts, bore witness to a major upheavel in 2022 following the Punjab Legislative Assembly elections. Sitting MP at the time, AAP’s Bhagwant Mann had helmed the constituency for 3 years since 2019, resigning as MP in 2022 and becoming the CM. Following his resignation, it was Simranjit Maan of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) who secured the victory in the by-elections, taking the helm for the next two years.


Therefore, in the last three contests and one by-contest held on this ground, AAP has won twice, Congress once and SAD (A) has won once. This time, AAP is bringing out the big guns, putting Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer as a candidate, hoping to regain the seat the Lok Sabha seat from SAD (Amritsar). However, the elections are predicted to be a challenge for AAP this year as political experts say that there is anger among the workers and farmers due to non-fulfillment of promises by the AAP government. Both the MPs have failed to address their promises in the assemblies, which has attracted ire from the voters.


The names of former cabinet minister Vijay Inder Singla, former MLA Dalveer Singh Goldy, Sukhpal Singh Khaira are being discussed from Congress, for whom, uniting the workers is the biggest challenge. Parminder Singh Dhindsa and former MLA Iqbaljit Singh Jhunda are possible from SAD Included in the list of players. It is a big challenge for SAD to unite the workers and regain the lost support base in the villages. However, SAD has got some relief with the return of Sukhdev Dhindsa's family.


It is also important to note that late Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala had contested the Mansa Assembly seat for Congress, which falls under the Sangrur Constituency. He however lost to AAP’s Vijay Singla by a margin of nearly 60,000 votes.


In case of BJP, Arvind Khanna or Kewal Singh Dhillon are likely candidates if no alliance occurs. It is also important to note that in the absence of an alliance, the field can see 5 major players vying for the victory (Congress, BJP, SAD (A), Akali Dal and AAP). The Farmers' protest pose a big challenge for BJP, as majority of the farmers’ anger is directed towards BJP.


Year Winner Party
2009 Vijay Inder Singla Congress
2014 Bhagwant Mann AAP
2019  Bhagwant Mann AAP
2022 (by-elections) Simranjit Singh Mann SAD (A)

Bhagwant Mann:

Party: Aam Aadmi Party

Age: 51

Parliament Attendence: 54%

Comedian Bhagwant Mann, who entered politics under the banner of People Party of Punjab in 2012, had contested the elections in Sangrur against former Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, in which he had to face defeat. Contesting the elections under the banner of Aam Aadmi Party in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he defeated the seasoned politician, former Union Minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and the then MP Vijay Inder Singla. Then in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, he registered his second consecutive victory on Sangrur seat. Following this major bout of success, became the state president of AAP. After AAP's landslide victory in the 2022 assembly elections, he resigned from MP and became the Chief Minister of the state.


Simranjit Singh Mann:

Party: Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar)

Age: 79

Parliament Attendence: 85%


Simranjit Singh Mann, who left an IPS job and entered politics, laid the foundation of Akali Dal (Amritsar) and is serving as the head of the party. Mann, who contested the elections, was a member of the 9th Lok Sabha in 1989-90. Then in 1999 he became a member of the 13th Lok Sabha. Was a member of the Foreign Affairs Department from 2000 to 2004.


Issues in Sangrur:

  • There is severe lack of rail connectivity in Sangrur city, which needs attention.
  • There is a need to provide relief to the public from the farmers' demonstrations. Due to this, big industries are not ready to come to Sangrur.
  • The youth trapped in drug addiction will have to be brought into the mainstream.
  • The demand to build a medical college in Sangrur has been pending for a long time.


Sangrur Voter Information

Polling Constituency Polling Stations Male Female Transgender Total
Sangrur 1765 820879 729092 46 1550017