Bypoll results: Congress registers record victory in BJP bastion of Gurdaspur, IUML retains Vengara assembly seat

Updated On : 16 Oct , 2017 , 06:51 AM
Bypoll results: Congress registers record-setting victory in BJP bastion of Gurdaspur, IUML retains Vengara assembly seat.
Bypoll results: Congress registers record-setting victory in BJP bastion of Gurdaspur, IUML retains Vengara assembly seat.
New Delhi:

The bypoll results of Gurdaspur Lok Sabha and Vengara Assembly seats brought good news for Congress and its allies on Sunday.

Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar made a comeback by winning the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll by a huge margin after losing to BJP in 2014 elections. 

 While, Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) a key partner of Congress-led UDF Opposition in Kerala retained the Vengara Assembly seat by defeating its CPI-M candidate in the bypoll.   

In Gurdaspur bypoll, Jakhar, a close confidant of Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, trumped his BJP rival Swaran Salaria by a margin 1.93 lakh votes. 

Polling for Lok Sabha seat was necessitated after the BJP’s sitting MP Vinod  Khanna died of cancer at a hospital in Mumbai on April 27 this year. The BJP leader had represented Gurdaspur constituency in Lok Sabha earlier between 1998-2009 and 2014–2017.

While in Kerala, IUML candidate K N A Khader won the Vengara seat defeating CPI-M's P P Basheer by 23,310 votes.

The constituency had recorded a 72.12 percentage voter turnout during the by-election held on October 11.  

The by-election was necessitated for the seat after sitting MLA P K Kunhalikutty quit following his election to parliament from Malappuram Lok Sabha segment that fell vacant after the death of IUML leader and former union minister E Ahmed in February last.

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Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu after the result announcement said the win was a Diwali gift for Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi.

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"We have sent a beautiful Diwali gift packed with red ribbon to our would-be president Rahul Gandhi because it sets the tone,” he said.

First Published : Sunday, October 15, 2017 11:50 PM
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