17th Lok Sabha, Punjab: Congress bags 8 out of 13 seats


India, Politics

Shiromani Akali Dal, BJP secure 2 each; AAP 1

Former actor and BJP candidate Sunny Deol led by 77,000 votes against state Congress chief Sunil Jakhar. (Photo: File)

Chandigarh: The Shiromani Akali Dal ( SAD), which was looking to resurrect itself in the polls following the backlash over the issue of desecration of religious scriptures, is set to register victory from Ferozepur and Bathinda seats.

SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal gained an unassailable lead of 1.98 lakh votes from Ferozepur against the Congress' Sher Singh Ghubaya.

Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal won from Bathinda for the third time as she led by 21,399 votes over Congress candidate Amrinder Singh Raja Warring.

The BJP is set to win Hoshiarpur and Gurdaspur seats. Actor-turned-politician Sunny Deol led by 77,000 votes against state Congress chief Sunil Jakhar.

In Hoshiarpur, BJP candidate and former bureaucrat Som Prakash led by 46,993 votes, as per the EC trends.

The Aam Aadmi Party appears to be decimated in Punjab as it is leading only on Sangrur seat, where the party's state chief, Bhagwant Mann, was ahead by 1.09 lakh votes.

The Congress is leading in Amritsar, Faridkot, Anandpur Sahib, Jalandhar, Khadoor Sahib, Ludhiana, Fatehgarh Sahib and Patiala seats.

In Amritsar, Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri was trailing by more than 1 lakh votes against sitting Congress MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla.

In 2014, BJP heavyweight Arun Jaitley was defeated by Amarinder Singh from the seat.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, while the SAD-BJP combine had won six seats, AAP and the Congress had bagged four and three seats, respectively.

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