Congress leader Sunil Jakhar wins Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll by huge margin

Oct 16, 2017, 00:40
Congress leader Sunil Jakhar wins Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll by huge margin

Jakhar, who is the Punjab Congress president, was leading over Salaria by over 14,000 votes after four rounds of counting.

Punjab state Congress chief Sunil Jakhar, who lost in the Assembly polls six months ago, won this seat after defeating BJP candidate Swaran Salaria by a whopping margin of over 1.93 lakh votes.

He also claimed that these results proves the cut of masses with the "jumlas" gave by prime minister and his party and the all talk-no action approach of the PM. country people are now ready for a change and these byelections are magnifying the rejection of the Modi brand of politics.

"This win is not small, this is huge". The Congress had shown commitment to fight hegemony and goondaism of the SAD-BJP. But when somebody loses by 400 runs or suffers an innings defeat, it breaks the back. The SAD- BJP alliance was in a majority in the last term of the MC House.

Chief minister Amarinder Singh said the results marked an important step in the revival of the Congress, which was routed by the BJP nationally in the 2014 elections. Punjab BJP secretary Vineet Joshi and Salaria said, "They won by misusing the machinery".

"This is because Gurdaspur was considered an Akali-BJP bastion". And when we (Congress) won once, it was by a very thin margin. "This is what is special about a true leader".

Congress leaders and workers started had celebrating the impending victory by bursting firecrackers and distributing candies in Gurdaspur, Chandigarh and other places even before the final result was declared. Alleging that the SAD-BJP combine had done nothing for the development of Gurdaspur region Sidhu said, "We (Congress) need at least one or two years to bring in development".

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