Gurdaspur bypoll: Crisis in AAP as party dissolves unit in two districts

Pauline Gross
October 16, 2017

In Gurdaspur bypoll results, Jakhar polled 4,99,752 votes, while BJP's Salaria polled 3,06,533, poll official said.

The Congress today wrested the Gurdaspur seat from the BJP with its Punjab unit chief Sunil Jakhar trouncing saffron party candidate Swaran Salaria by a whopping margin of 1,93,219 votes in the high-stakes bypoll. The Gurdaspur by-polls was conducted on 11th October where around 56 percent of the 15.22 lakh registered.

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh congratulated Sunil Jakhar on his victory. As per the reports, the counting centre for the six assembly constituencies of Gurdaspur district, set up at Sukhjindra College Gurdaspur and the counting centre for the three assembly constituencies of Pathankot district set up at the SD College in Pathankot.

The seat fell vacant in April following the passing away of veteran actor Vinod Khanna, a four-time MP from the seat.

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Sidhu, who switched over to Congress from the BJP just before the Punjab Assembly polls, said, "We have sent a lovely Diwali gift packed with red ribbon to our (Congress) would-be president Rahul Gandhi because it sets the tone..." "It is an innings defeat for them (SAD-BJP combine)". Minister for Local Bodies Navjot Singh Sidhu has announced that the MC poll to be held in December and the Congress is gearing up for the elections , As Reported By Tribune.

Having said all this Mr. Khaira said that the party would shortly convene a meeting and do deep introspection into the causes of defeat and will try to take best corrective measures. The BJP candidate came in fourth, polling 5,728 votes.

Major General Suresh Kumar Khajuria (retd) are the main contenders. The seat is an IUML stronghold.

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