1. Batala constituency Assembly election winner 2017

Batala constituency Assembly election winner 2017

The nearest contender was Lakhbir Singh Lodhi Nangal of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) who got 47,921 votes.

By: | New Delhi | Published: March 11, 2017 9:23 AM
Ghuggi, who joined the AAP only in February, has his gift of gab ability as the only asset. (Source: IE)

Batala, constituency No. 7 of Punjab legislative assembly, is crucial for Aam Aadmi Party. Party’s state chief Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi is contesting elections from this seat.  Ghuggi, a stand-up comedian by profession,  is taking on sitting MLA Ashwani Sekhri (Congress) and  Lakhbir Singh Lodhi Nangal (Shiromani Akali Dal). Ghuggi was hand-picked by Kejriwal as party’s new state unit chief after sacking of senior leader Suchcha Singh Chottepur. Unlike Succha Singh Chhotepur’s past in Sikh politics, Ghuggi is man who is known to masses for his stand up comedy.  Ghuggi, who joined the AAP only in February, has his gift of gab ability as the only asset. Ghuggi’s elevation also saw rebellion from within as seven of party’s 13 total zone coordinators announced their split from the parent party.

Number of contesting candidates

    BSP    Bakhshis Singh
AAP    Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi
SAD    Lakhbir Singh Lodhinangal
APP    Inder Sekhri
INC    Ashwani Sekhri
CPM    Avtar Singh
IND    Ashwani Kumar
IND    Ashwani Kumar Shakri
IND    Anil Mahajan
IND    Sanjeev Kumar Malhan
IND    Santosh Kumar
IND    Gurpreet Singh Ghulli
IND    Lakhbir Singh

Who won last time

In the last Punjab assembly elections held in 2012, the Congress won this constituency by 18,885 votes. Ashwani Sekhri, the winning Congress candidate, got 66,806 votes. The nearest contender was Lakhbir Singh Lodhi Nangal of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) who got 47,921 votes. The voter turnout was 73.90 %.

Punjab Elections 2017

Punjab, which went to the polls on February 4, has emerged as much of a high-stake elections for BJP and Congress as Uttar Pradesh. The state this time has seen the entry of Aam Aadmi Party, which, going by its past records could be a dangerous addition for all the traditional players. If BJP-Akali Dal alliance win, it would be seen as result of Narendra Modi’s efforts. However, BJP-SAD defeat would be attributed more to Badal’s misrule. The state has seen an endemic drug problem over the past decade, growing unemployment – the core issues on which Congress and AAP have been cornering SAD.

About Batala Constituency

Batala is constituency No. 7 of Punjab legislative assembly. Batala town falls under Gurdaspur district and comes under the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha constituency. It is an open constituency.

Number of voters in Batala

As per Election Commission of India data, Batala has 1,62,353 registered voters. Out of the total, there are 85,046 male and 77,307 female registered voters in Batala.

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