Jalandhar Lok Sabha bypoll: AAP comfortably ahead, Congress closing in
The ruling Aam Aadmi Party was comfortably placed in the Jalandhar Lok Sabha by-polls with the Congress closing in while the BJP was positioned third and the Akali-BSP combine in at a close fourth.
According to latest trends AAP’s Sushil Kumar Rinku is leading with 57,716 votes as of 9:40 am while Congress candidate Karamjit Kaur, wife of deceased MLA Santokh Chaudhary– was closing in with 51,227 votes followed by BJP’s Iqbal Singh Atwal at third with 33,457 votes and the Akali-BSP in fourth with 26,939 votes.
The Jalandhar Lok Sabha seat has been vacant since the demise of Congress MP Santokh Chaudhary who passed away due to a heart attack on January 14 while participating in the Bharat Jodo Yatra alongside Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.
Chaudhary’s demise necessitated a by-poll for the vacant constituency seat with the Congress fielding the deceased leader’s wife Karamjit Kaur in what is essentially a three-pronged battle between the grand old party, the AAP and the BJP.
The ruling AAP dispensation has fielded Sushil Kumar Rinku, a former Congress leader, was kicked out of the party for “anti-party activities”, and later on April 5 joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the presence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Punjab counterpart Bhagwant Mann.
From the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Sardar Indar Iqbal Singh Atwal is hoping to gain some ground for the saffron party in Punjab ahead of next year’s Lok Sabha elections.
Inder Atwal recently joined the BJP after quitting the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). Days later, Inder’s father and senior SAD leader, Charanjit Singh Atwal also joined the saffron party at home of BJP chief JP Nadda in New Delhi.
Counting is currently underway for the Jalandhar Lok Sabha seat along with four assembly seats– Suar and Chhanbey in Uttar Pradesh, Jharsuguda in Odisha, and Sohiong in Meghalaya.
The voting for all the above mentioned by-polls took place on May 10 alongside the Karnataka Assembly elections, votes for which are also being counted today.