Gurdaspur Lok Sabha Election results updates: Navjot Singh Sidhu says Congress’ victory is like winning test match by an innings

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New Delhi | Updated: October 15, 2017 5:45:11 PM

Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll results updates: The results for Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll will be declared today and the counting is underway. The constituency is witnessing a three-horse race between the Congress, the BJP and the AAP.

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Gurdaspur Lok Sabha Election results updates: The results for Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll will be declared today and necessary arrangements have been made for the counting.  The bypoll, held on October 11, is a litmus test for the ruling Congress in Punjab.The constituency is witnessing a three-horse race between the Congress, the BJP and the AAP. The results will be declared by 12 pm. Counting is taking place at two centers where the necessary arrangements have been made, Punjab Chief Electoral Officer V K Singh said. Centres have been set up at Sukhjindra College Gurdaspur for the six assembly constituencies and for the rest three constituencies of Pathankot district, it has been set up at the SD College in Pathankot. Gurdaspur parliamentary seat has nine assembly segments in Bhoa, Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Dinanagar, Qadian, Fathegarh Churian, Dera Baba Nanak, Sujanpur and Batala. Just a day before the bypoll results, Aam Aadmi Party had dissolved its units in Gurdaspur and Pathankot districts.

Track here Updates of Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll results:

5: 30 pm: The BJP-SAD alliance in Punjab today alleged that the ruling Congress party won the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha byelection by misusing the government machinery, reported PTI.

5: 00 pm: Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala today said people have reaffirmed their faith in policies and programmes of the party and expressed disappointment with the “all talk-no action” approach of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

4: 30 pm: Navjot Singh Sidhu also gave credit of Congress’ victory in the bypoll to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh the party’s senior leadership and the workers.

4: 00 pm: 3: 15 pm: “A historic win. Modi Ji’s government stands completely exposed. It’s just the beginning,” Asha Kumari, Punjab Congress In-charge told ANI.

3: 30 pm: Soon after the results of the Gurdaspur bypoll were announced, Congress leader and Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh took to Twitter and hailed the mandate. He wrote: “So it’s 1,93,219..! Not much behind my expectation of a 2 lakh victory margin for @sunilkjakhar ji. What a vindication of our policies!”

3: 00 pm: Punjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu today likened the Congress’ victory in the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll to winning a Test cricket match by an innings and said it would have a demoralising effect on the BJP-SAD combine.

2: 50 pm: According to PTI, Jakhar also gave credit for his victory to the people and Congress workers who tirelessly worked over the past several weeks to enable him register a thumping win.

2: 40 pm: “Gurdaspur win of Congress will be the beginning of disintegration of SAD because nobody has seen
Prakash Singh Badal for the last six months,” said Congress leader Sunil Jakhar said.

2:08 pm: Gurdaspur Lok Sabha Bypoll: Congress 4,99,752; BJP 3,06,533; AAP 23,579 votes.

2:00 am: Officials said Swaran Salaria polled 3,06,533, poll official said.

1:40 pm: Sunil Jakhar win the Gurdaspur by-election, here is what he has to say WATCH VIDEO

1:23 pm: Ghulam Ahmad Mir‏ congratulated Sunil Jakhar saying:

1:14 pm: Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar registers landmark win: WATCH VIDEO

1:13 pm:

1:10 pm: Punjab BJP Secretary Vineet Joshi alleged that the Congress misused the official machinery in the bypoll

1:08 pm: “This (victory) is a big slap on the face of ‘jija -saala’ (SAD chief Sukhbir Badal and Bikram Singh Majithia). Today BJP will realise that Akali Dal in Punjab has become a burden. Time and again people have reprimanded them. It will be demoralising and send them (SAD BJP) packing,” said Sidhu.

1:06 pm: The Congress won the seat after the 2009 Lok Sabha poll when Congress candidate Partap Singh Bajwa had won this seat by defeating BJP candidate Vinod Khanna.

1:02 pm: “With this victory, people have reaffirmed faith in the leadership of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and at the same time,” said elated Sunil Jakhar.

12:45 pm: Congress candidate wins Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypolls

12:25 pm: Sign of changing times and end of Jumlas! Congress adds one more Lok Sabha seat under the leadership of Rahul ji !: Randeep S Surjewala

12:23 pm: WATCH VIDEO– Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar leading by more than 1 lakh votes

12:17 pm: The #Gurdaspur by-election marks another major step in the revival of Congress, it’s clear that party is on upswing ahead of 2019 LS polls: Amarinder Singh

12:13 pm: Amarinder Singh further tweeted saying, ” Assure people of Gurdaspur that every single promise made by Sunil Jakhar will be fulfilled and all development works will be fast-tracked.”

12:11 pm: Amarinder Singh congratulated saying ”Congratulations to @sunilkjakhar ji for his impressive win in #Gurdaspur bypoll, it’s a victory for @INCPunjab policies & development agenda.”

11:58 am: Sunil Jakhar leading by 1,35,812 votes over his nearest rival BJP’s Swaran Salaria. Congress-3,23,860 BJP-1,88,048 AAP-18,421 after ninth round, hindustan Times reported.

11:56 am: Sunil Jakhar, who is leading in all nine assembly constituencies after the ninth round of the counting of votes, thanked voters and the party for the massive lead.

11:53 am: “Despite huge investment in terms of time and money, he now finds himself trailing, bringing into question the role played by former deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal, who managed the poll campaign for the BJP-Akali Dal combine,” CNN News18 reported.

11:51 am: Ruling Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar is leading by a huge margin of 1,08,230 votes over his nearest rival BJP contestant Swaran Salaria in the counting of votes for the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll, as per trends available.

11:48 am: This is a beautiful Diwali gift, packed with a red ribbon, for our would be party president Rahul Gandhi: Navjot Sidhu

11:47 am: Congress workers and leaders celebrate as party leads by more than 1 lakh votes in the bypolls.

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11:32 am: Sunil Jakhar remained in the lead from the beginning as the counting of votes polled in the October 11 bypoll began on earlier in the day.

11:31 am: The seat was earlier held by the Bharatiya Janata Party, which had won it in the 2014 general elections.

11:30 am: Congress leaders and workers had started celebrating the impending victory by bursting crackers and distributing sweets in Gurdaspur, Chandigarh and other places.

11:25 am: People of Gurdaspur have sent a strong message of their resentment to policies pursued by Modi Ji led Centre: Sunil Jakhar #GurdaspurByPoll

11:03 am: “Ruling party used undemocratic means in these elections. People were scared and youth was almost absent in the bypoll.
If they (Congress) win then that victory will not be a respectable one,” Suresh Khajuria alleged.

10:58 am: Meanwhile, AAP candidate Maj. Gen. (Retd) Suresh Khajuria accused the Congress of using “undemocratic means” in the bypoll.

10:55 am: Sunil Jakhar is leading in all nine assembly constituencies.

10:54 am: No public gathering of any political party outside the counting centre in Gurdaspur, hindustan Times reported.

10:45 am: Congress leading in Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll

10:35 am: Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar extends lead, ahead by 94,161 votes

10:31 am: Around 30 companies of paramilitary forces and more than 7,000 Punjab Police personnel had been deployed during the constituency.

10:20 am: Of the total electorate of 15,22,922 in the constituency, 7,12,077 are women and 14 belong to a third gender, official said.

10:16 am: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Major General Suresh Kumar Khajuria (retd) was on the third spot.

10:14 am: Sunil Jakhar was ahead of his BJP rival Swarn Salaria as the counting of votes polled in the October 11 by-election to the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha constituency.

10:12 am: Minor clashes were reported between Congress and BJP-Akali Dal workers in some villages as voting began for the by-election in the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat in Punjab on Wednesday.

10:02 am: Congress is leading in the Gurdaspur bypolls by 42718 votes.

9:56 am: Gurdaspur is the first parliamentary constituency in the country where all polling stations had Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines.

9:55 am:

9: 46 am: Congress’s Sunil Jakhar extends lead, now is ahead by 42718 votes in #Gurdaspur Lok Sabha Constituency #bypoll

9:37 am: Congress has taken an early lead leaving behind BJP and AAP

9:33 am: Congress man Rohan Gupta tweeted, ” Congress Candidate @sunilkjakhar ahead by 12000 votes already ! Seems Historical result on its way ! #Gurdaspur.”

9:29 am: WATCH- Gurdaspur bypoll live

9:28 am: After completion of first round of #Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll, Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar leads by 14316 votes.

9:25 am: Congress leading in #Gurdaspur LS bypoll, BJP second and AAP third. Counting underway.

9:17 am: Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat has been a stronghold of the BJP. Actor-turned-politician Vinod Khanna had remained four-
time MP from Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat.

9:15 am: The AAP, the main opposition party in Punjab with 20 seats in the House, was also looking to strengthen its presence in the state with victory in the bypoll.

9:12 am: A victory would give much-needed boost to the BJP, which had bagged just one segment of Sujanpur out of the four seats it had contested in the assembly polls.

9:09 am: Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar had earlier claimed the bypoll would be a “referendum” on the Modi government. The BJP had also tried pulling out all the stops to retain the seat, which Khanna had won four times on its ticket.

9:05 am: The fight is crucial for the BJP which is trying to retain the seat, the Congress which recently came to power in Punjab and the AAP which is trying to emerge as a strong contender.

9:02 am: Swarn Salariya is BJP candidate for Gurdaspur bypoll

9:00 am: The voter turnout was much lower than the over 70 per cent polling in the 2014 general elections.

8:58 am: The seat fell vacant in April following the passing away of veteran actor Vinod Khanna, a four-time MP from the seat.

8:55 am: Nearly 56 per cent of the 15.22 lakh registered voters exercised their franchise for the seat.

8:51 am: Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Swarn Salaria, Congress’ Sunil Kumar Jakhar, and Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Major General Suresh Kumar Khajuria (retd) are the main contenders, IANS reported.

8:49 am: The fate of 11 candidates will be decided by 12 in the afternoon.

8:45 am: Counting of votes has begun.

8:38 am: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced a complete prohibition on sale and supply of liquor in Gurdaspur.

8:20 am: Punjab AAP state secretary Gulshan Chhabra said the decision was taken after extensive deliberations and feedback from the AAP state president and Sangrur MP, Bhagwant Mann, and co-state president and Sunam MLA Aman Arora.

8:15 am: A day before the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll result, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) dissolved its units in Gurdaspur and Pathankot districts.

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