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AAP boasts of giant-killers who defeated Channi, Captain, Sidhu, Badal

Meet Jeevan Jyot Kaur, Charanjit Singh, Labh Singh Ugoke, Ajit Pal Singh Kohli and Jagdeep Kamboj — the giant-killers of AAP that defeated colossal rivals

Long after capturing Delhi’s imagination, the Aam Aadmi Party has repeated the feat in Punjab, defeating several big-time leaders of the Indian National Congress (INC), the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and other rival parties such as Captain Amarinder Singh, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Charanjit Singh Channi, Sukhbir Badal, Parkash Singh Badal and Bikramjit Singh Majithia. With the help of the giant-killers who beat the stalwarts, the AAP is leading in 91 seats while it has won 24 seats.

In a style borrowed from communists, Arvind Kejriwal says his party’s victory signals an impending “revolution” in the country, as the giant-killers were rookies in politics.

AAP candidate Jeevan Jyot Kaur, who defeated INC candidate Navjot Sidhu and Akali Dal candidate Bikramjit Majithia from East, is a social activist. She is known as the “Pad Woman of Punjab”. Whether inspired by the film starring and Radhika Apte or otherwise, Kaur distributes free sanitary pads to rural women and is also associated with an organization that works for the welfare of women.

The AAP had earlier appointed Kaur as the party’s Punjab spokesperson. With an LLB from Chaudhary Charan Singh University, she is also the head of AAP’s women’s wing.

Dr Charanjit Singh, who defeated Charanjit Channi from Sri Chamkaur Sahib, is an eye specialist in Morinda. Punjab Congress believed Sri Chamkaur Sahib was a safe seat for Chief Minister Channi, but Dr Singh of AAP defeated him by about 9,000 votes.

Dr Singh’s wife Harjeet Kaur is a gynaecologist in Sector-16, Chandigarh. Dr Singh had contested for the second time in Sri Chamkaur Sahib. In the last election, he had lost to Channi.

AAP’s Labh Singh Ugoke, who defeated Chief Minister Channi in Bhadaur, belongs to the labour class. Labh Singh works in a mobile shop. His mother is a sweeper in a government school and his father is a daily-wage labourer in the fields.

Labh Singh says he lives in a house of two rooms and he was contesting an election for the first time in life. He says that to campaign in the villages of Bhadaur, he roamed around by a motorcycle or public transport.

Ajit Pal Singh Kohli, who defeated former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh from Patiala Urban seat, had become the in 2011 after contesting the municipal election on a SAD ticket. Kohli’s family is known in the city for their association with the Taksali Akali Dal. His grandfather Sardara Singh Kohli had contested the assembly election against cabinet minister Brahm Mohindra while his father Surjit Singh Kohli had won an assembly election for the SAD and been a cabinet minister in the Punjab government.

Last but not least among the AAP’s giant-killers is candidate Jagdeep Kamboj who defeated Sukhbir Singh Badal from the Jalalabad seat. He is an ordinary graduate. He is 37 years old. His business is agriculture. His total declared assets are Rs 3.2 crore, which includes Rs 36.7 lakh as movable assets and Rs 2.9 crore as immovable assets. His total declared income is Rs 7 lakh out of which Rs 3.2 lakh is his own income.

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