SAD-BJP combine won six seats while AAP had been confined to two seats only
Jalandhar: Congress made a comeback in doaba, hence regaining the lost dalit votes of the crucial Ravidassia and Valmiki community of the region. The Congress won 15 seats out of the total 23 assembly constituencies.
SAD-BJP combine bagged six seats while new entrant in Punjab politics Aam Admi Party (AAP) won only three seats. Though AAP was sure of a massive victory, it failed to get not just the traditional dalit vote but Hindu and Sikh votes too.
No sooner the Congress inched towards victory, elated party workers burst crackers, distributed sweets and played Holi outside the counting centre. Among the four districts of doaba, Congress won five seats out of total nine in Jalandhar, six out of seven seats in Hoshiarpur, two of the four assembly seats in Kapurthala and two seats in Nawanshahr district.
In Jalandhar, Congress candidate, Olympian Pargat Singh proved his might and won the seat with the highest margin of 29,124 votes.
Pargat Singh got 59,349 votes while SAD candidate Sarabjeet Singh Makkar got 30,225 votes while youth leader of AAP, HS Walia bagged 25,912 votes.
Another impressive winner was senior congress leader Avtar Singh Henry’s son, Bawa Henry who won with 69,715 votes, hence trailing BJP’s KD Bhandari by 37424 and AAP’s Gulshan Sharma by 13,386 votes. The Congress had given the ticket to Bawa at the last moment, hence leaving him with a fortnight to campaign.
The Congress also put up a massive show in the lone urban reserve seat of Jalandhar West, where councilor Sushil Kumar Rinku won with 53,983 votes. BJP candidate Mohinder Bhagat, the son of senior BJP leader Chuni Lal Bhagat trailed by 36,649 votes while AAP candidate Darshan Bhagat finshed third with 15, 364 votes.
In Jalandhar Central constituency, congress candidate Rajinder Beri won by 24,078 votes. He defeated BJP’s Manoranjan Kalia by a margin of 31,440 votes.
Similarly, former senior leader Chaudhary Jagjit Singh’s son Surinder Chaudhary won from Kartarpur (reserve) seat defeating his nearest rival SAD candidate Seth Satpal Mal by 6020 votes.
The SAD won the Nakodar assembly segment, sitting MLA Gurpartap Singh Wadala won by 56,241 votes while AAP candidate Sarwan Singh Hayer got 37,384 votes.
In Phillaur (reserve) constituency, SAD candidate Baldev Singh Khaira won by 41,336 votes defeating congress candidate Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary who got 37,859 votes. Phillaur witnessed a four cornered contest between BSP and AAP.
Another major boost for the SAD was the victory of four time sitting MLA Ajit Singh Kohar, who won by 46,913 votes while congress candidate Hardev Singh Ladi bagged 42008 votes.
In Hoshiarpur district, Congress six seats out of the total seven went into the kitty of congress. These include Dr Raj Kumar (Chabbewal) with 29, 261 votes, Sangat Singh Gilzian won from Urmar seat with 14, 954 votes, Pawan Kumar Adia from Sham Chaurasi seat with 46, 612 votes, Rajnish Kumar Babbi won from Mukerian constituency and got 56, 787 votes.
Similarly, in Hoshiarpur constituency sitting MLA Sham Sunder Arora won with 11, 233 votes, defeating nearest rival BJP’s Tiskshan Sud who got 38, 718 votes. The AAP managed to win Garhshankar seat, where green horn candidate Jai Kishan got 41, 720 votes.
In Kapurthala district, Congress candidates namely Rana Gurjeet Singh and Navtej Singh Cheema won Kapurthala and Sultanpur Lodhi seats. AAP candidate and former congress leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira won from Bholath while BJP’s silver lining in doaba was Phagwara (reserve) seat, where sitting MLA Som Parkash won the seat.
Even in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district, Congress candidate Angad Saini won from Nawanshahr while Darshan Lal won from Balachaur. The reserve seat of Banga went to SAD’s Dr Sukhwinder Singh Sukhi.
For more news updates Follow and Like us on Facebook