Gurdaspur: In a big jolt to BJP, Congress leader Sunil Jakhar has won the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll by 1, 93,219 votes. Polling for the election necessitated by the demise of BJP leader and sitting MP from Gurdaspur Vinod Khanna was held on October 11.
State Congress chief Sunil Jakhar, who trounced BJP’s Swaran Salaria by nearly 2 lakh votes, said it was a “referendum” on the NDA rule at the Centre.
Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, who had endorsed Jakhar’s nomination for the party ticket, has already posted a series of tweets expecting a win going by the trends. “The Gurdaspur by-election marks another major step in the revival of @INCIndia, it’s clear that party is on upswing ahead of 2019 LS polls”.
The Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat has nine Assembly segments – Bhoa, Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Dinanagar, Qadian, Fathegarh Churian, Dera Baba Nanak, Sujanpur and Batala.
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. Khanna had died of cancer at a hospital in Mumbai on April 27.