In its third list of candidates released Thursday, Congress sought to woo the Valmiki/Majhabi Sikh community by giving two tickets to its leaders in Doaba region. The community leaders from Doaba region have been reminding Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh repeatedly about the promise he made to them and demanding at least four out of eight reserved seats in the Doaba region for them in the upcoming Assembly polls.
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In Thursday’s list, Congress named Majhbi Sikh leader and former minister Joginder Singh Mann from Phagwara (reserved) and Pawan Adia from Valmiki community from Sham Chaurasi (Hoshiarpur district) as its candidates.
Community leaders were demanding Phagwara, Sham Chaurasi, Adampur and Kartarpur seats for themselves. For Kartarpur seat, however, Congress had already named Surinder Singh Chaudhary, son of former Congress minister Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, who belongs to Ravidassia community.
And in today’s list, Adampur ticket was given to another Ravidassia community leader, Mohinder Singh Kay Pee, former minister and MP.
Valmiki/Majhabi Sikh community leaders have been demanding for a review of Kartarpur ticket in favour of G K Sabharwal.
Doaba region, comprising four districts of Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Nawanshahr and Kapurthala, has the highest percentage of dalit population in the country, mainly belonging to two dalit communities of Ravidassia and Valmiki.
According to 2011 Census, of the total population of 52.08 lakh of Doaba region, 19.48 lakh (around)37 per cent are dalits. Out of these 19.48 lakh dalits, 11.88 lakh belong to Ravidassia community and 7.60 lakh, including 4.56 lakh Valmikis, belong to other Dalit castes.