It was a mixed bag of luck for sitting and former MPs and their sons who tested the electoral waters in Punjab. Two sitting MP’s Ravneet Singh Bittu of Congress and Bhagwant Mann of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) failed to overthrow SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal from the Jalalabad seat.
Sukhbir, also an ex-MP, drubbed the AAP heavyweight Bhagwant Mann by a margin of 18,500 votes. Bittu finished third in the one of the most high profile battles in the state. Three other former MPs too registered wins though failed to do so. Former MP Navjot Singh Sidhu won from the Amritsar East seat as Congress candidate. It was earlier held by his wife Dr Navjot Kaur.
Luck favoured Vijay Inder Singla of Congress, also a former MP, as he romped home victorious from Sangrur seat defeating Surjit Singh Rakhra of SAD by 9,849 votes. Singla had lost to Bhagwant Mann from Sangrur Lok Sabha seat in 2014 polls. Former MP Capt Amarinder Singh retained his traditional Patiala seat but failed to defeat Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal in the contest for the Lambi assembly seat.
Another former MP, Mohinder Singh Kaypee of the Congress however lost to SAD’s sitting MLA Pawan Kumar Tinu from the Adampur seat.
Sons of some of the sitting MPs also proved their mettle in these elections. SAD’s estranged MP Sher Singh Ghubaya’s son Davinder Singh edged past BJP leader and cabinet minister Surjit Kumar Jyani by a slander margin of 265 votes from the Fazilka seat.
Another SAD MP Balwinder Singh Bhunder’s son Dilraj Singh romped home victorious from Sardulgarh defeating firebrand Congress leader Ajit Inder Singh Mofar by 8,857 votes. SAD MP Prem Singh Chandumajra’s son Harinderpal Singh defeated his namesake Harinderpal Singh of Congress from Sanour seat by 4,870 votes.
However, SAD MP Ranjit Singh Brahmpura’s son Ravinder Singh was not as lucky as he lost from the Khadoor Sahib seat.