Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi will contest from

Chandigarh: The Congress has released its first list of 86 candidates for the Punjab Assembly elections to be held next month.

Chief Minister Charanjit Channi will contest from his seat of Chamkaur Sahib, 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 as a “game-changer” by Sidhu, has been given the Moga ticket.

Controversial Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala, who joined the party last month, will be fielded from the Mansa assembly seat, which is his hometown.

Musewala, known for featuring guns in his music videos, faces several cases, accusing him of glorifying violence. His joining the party raised eyebrows and raised tough questions for Navjot Sidhu, which he had avoided at the time.

Voting for 117 seats in Punjab will be held in a single phase on February 14.

The results will be declared on March 10.

With the ruling Congress fighting to retain power in one of the very few states that it rules outright, strong challenges are expected from the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party.

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