Punjab Polls 2017: BJP state chief Vijay Sampla resigns over ticket distribution

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Chandigarh : In a major development in the poll bound state Punjab, soon after the tickets of six BJP candidates, Vijay Sampla state unit president resigned from his post. The news sent party workers and leaders into a tizzy.

Sampla, who is also a state minister in Narendra Modi cabinet, objected to Som Parkash’s candidature from Phagwara and was upset over making him a candidate again. 

The BJP has also dropped two ministers in Punjab government from the list of its remaining six candidates for the state assembly polls, which is scheduled to take place on February 4.

The party has already announced 23 candidates out of of 117 seats for the state, where it is in alliance with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). SAD-BJP is locked in a tough battle with Congress and AAP, which has emerged as a formidable third force in the state.

Earlier, Navjot Singh Sidhu and his wife Navjot Kaur left the BJP folds to join the Congress camp. The fight is intense after AAP and some other regional parties join the competition.