Gurdaspur Lok Sabha byelection a litmus test for Congress, BJP

New Delhi: The Gurdaspur Congress District in Punjab will go to a by-election Wednesday, showing a battle between Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). While Congress will be eager to consolidate its position in the state, BJP seeks to recover some of the land it lost at Congress in the council’s polls earlier this year.

The by-election is the first electoral test in Punjab since the March elections, when Congress returned to power, winning 77 of the 117 seats. The result for the bypoll will be announced on 15 October. The seat fell vacant after the death of legislator Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and veteran film Vinod Khanna earlier this year.

Congress headed party leader Sunil Jakhar, while the BJP candidate is businessman Swarn Salaria. The party of Aam Aadmi, arrived second in the elections of the assembly, bet on the retired general Suresh Khajuria. A total of 11 candidates contest the election. The Congress considers that this election is crucial for it, as it occurs almost seven months after the formation of the government in Punjab.

“The choice of Gurdaspur is important to us, as it could be seen as a reflection on our six months in office. It is a bulletin board where we get right. A seat on the national scene can not make much difference, but it becomes important when is on state policy, “said an official of the Punjab government, on condition of anonymity.

“The captain (Prime Minister Singh Captain Amarinder) has personal interests in this election, not only because he is prime minister, but also because Jakhar is considered very close to him. He oversaw the campaign and touched the ground too, “the leader quoted above added.

Amarinder Singh campaigned in the riding and organized a roadshow on Monday, the last day of the campaign. Congress has won seven of the nine segments of the assembly in Gurdaspur in this year’s polls. For the BJP, the choice is an opportunity to regain lost ground. The election is also important for the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) because the regional party has now lost its dominance within the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). BJP expects Akali voters to help the party secure the siege.

The AAP, which opposes the assembly, seeks to extend its electoral footprint. The party won four seats in the 2014 general elections and 20 seats in the assembly elections. “People saw the promises that were broken by Congress and the BJP. The state government led by Congress has reversed all promises made to farmers, employment and drugs.

Our candidate is a resident of Gurdaspur and does not need to travel here as other leaders, “said Gurmeet Singh Häher, Punjab in the AAP MP a video message. Analysts say the bypoll is important to Amarinder Singh to establish its leading position in the state. “The investigation is a test for the government led by Captain Amarinder Singh and will also help establish his leadership. He has brought the person with whom he trusts.

It is also a battle of prestige for him given the factions with the party. . Given the party’s representation in the Lok Sabha, a victory is a boost for the game. “He said Ashutosh Kumar, a Punjab-based political analyst, added:” If you see the electoral history of Punjab, party has a natural advantage in the by-election “.

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