Ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidate Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu today won the Talwandi Sabo Assembly seat in Punjab, defeating his nearest Congress rival Harminder Singh Jassi.
Sidhu, who was a Congress MLA before deserting the party to join SAD, drubbed Congress nominee Harminder Singh Jassi by a margin of 46,642 votes.
Sidhu polled 71,747 votes, Jassi got 25,105 votes, AAP’s Baljinder Kaur 13,899 and Independent Balkar Singh 6,305 votes.
The by-poll was necessitated as Sidhu switched sides by leaving Congress and joining SAD.
Jassi, a former Congress MLA, is a relative of Haryana’s Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda sect head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.
Preneet Kaur wins Patiala by-boll
Congress leader and former union minister Preneet Kaur won the Patiala Assembly seat on Monday defeating her nearest Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) rival Bhagwan Dass Juneja.
Kaur, wife of former chief minister Amarinder Singh, won by a margin of over 23,282 votes, an election office spokesman said.
The seat fell vacant after Amarinder got elected to Lok Sabha from Amritsar.
Patiala seat was retained by Congress.
Kaur polled 52,967 votes, SAD nominee Bhagwan Dass Juneja 29,685 and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Harjit S Adaltiwala 5724 votes
9:02 am: Punjab: Congress leader Preneet Kaur is leading from the Patiala seat while in Talwandi Sabo, the Shiromani Akali Dal has taken the initial lead.
8:04 am: Counting of votes for assembly bypolls begins in Bihar, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka.
To be updated….