Congress wins Shahkot bypoll in Punjab; Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) loses security deposit

North India Kaleidoscope Bureau



Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has hailed the Congress victory in the Shahkot bypoll, with which the party now has two-thirds majority in the Vidhan Sabha, as vindication of the government’s people-centric policies, marking the total rejection of the negative, divisive and toxic politics of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and complete decimation of Aam Aaadmi Party (AAP).

In a statement issued here after Congress candidate Hardev Singh Laddi defeated SAD’s  Naib Singh Kohar by a margin of over 38,802 votes, the Chief Minister said the people of Shahkot had voted for positive change and development, which his government was committed to delivering.

With two-thirds majority now in the House, his government could bring in any legislation it wanted in the interest of the people of Punjab, without the fear of a negative Opposition obstructing its passage, said Captain Amarinder.

The Chief Minister said SAD’s continuing string of defeats in Punjab showed that they had completely lost favour with the people, who were not willing to forget or forgive them for the miseries and harassment to which they had been subjected during the 10-year misrule of SAD-BJP combine. Despite both Sukhbir Badal and Bikram Majithia camping in Shahkot through the entire campaign duration, the people had outright rejected the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), said he added.

The Chief Minister said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was faring badly all over the country – a clear sign of the mood of the people ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not come back to power, it will be the Congress which will form the next government in India,he asserted.




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