Punjab’s outgoing chief minister Parkash Singh Badal was all smiles after the poll verdict, as he prevailed over Congress’s chief ministerial candidate Captain Amarinder Singh, retaining his Lambi assembly seat.
“We humbly accept the verdict of the people of Punjab,” said Badal. It was a two-way verdict for Badal, with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) losing to Congress in the face of his personal victory. Badal polled 66,375 votes against Capt’s 43,605 in his home constituency.
He said. “I will never give up and keep working for my party, playing my role.”
While critics list absence of Capt Amarider Singh from Lambi for a major part of the campaigning period as one of the reasons for his defeat there, the Akali cadres are ecstatic over the “Badal’s legacy” as a major factor behind his win.
On the penultimate day of campaigning, the Badals had distanced themselves from local SAD leaders Dyal Singh Kolianwali and Tejinder Singh Middukhera, owing to people’s ire against the duo as witnessed during the SAD’s canvassing.
Meanwhile, AAP’s Jarnai l Singh has been accusing both Badal and Captain of being hand-in-glove for his defeat in Lambi. After the verdict on Saturday, Jarnail said, “Captain was here to help Badal and he hardly campaigned that shows his intentions.”