Gurdaspur election result 2017: After a poor show in the Punjab Assembly Elections held earlier this year, Aam Aadmi Party suffered a rout in the Lok Sabha Gurdaspur bypoll, according to reports. It has been learnt that AAP candidate Major General Suresh Khajuria (retired) lost his security deposit. Apart from this the party has also lost a massive share of votes as compared to the 2014 general elections for the same constituency. In Gurdaspur bypoll results, Jakhar polled 4,99,752 votes, while BJP’s Salaria polled 3,06,533, poll official said. Major General Suresh Khajuria (retd) finished a distant third garnering mere 23,579 votes. AAP leaders have gone into introspection mode, IE reported.
The Aam Aadmi Party alleged that the ruling Congress party won the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha byelection by misusing the government machinery. AAP nominee Maj. Gen. (retd) Suresh Khajuria accused the Congress party of using “undemocratic means” to win the byelection. AAP’s state unit president Bhagwant Mann said his party accepts the mandate and will introspect the reasons for the defeat. Contrary to Congress party’s claims, Mann said the bypoll outcome would not set the tone for 2019 general election, according to PTI report.
Mann said that due to paucity of resources, AAP could not get its message across to the voters of Gurdaspur, but it was clear that the people have at least rejected the policies of the Modi government in the centre.
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The near total rout of the party in the Majha region has sounded alarm bells in AAP and even before the results were announced, the party leadership announced the dissolution of the Gurdaspur and Pathankot district units. The party leadership in the state tried to put up a brave face after the humiliating defeat and tried to assert that the bypoll was not a true reflection of the mood of the people, according to Indian Express.