In the electoral battle between a Captain and a General, Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh showed little mercy on his superior (going by the army ranks they held) JJ Singh of the Akali Dal . The Captain decimated the General by 52,335 votes, the highest ever victory margin in Punjab assembly polls. Worst still, JJ Singh finished a poor third and forfeited his security deposit.
Capt Amarinder bagged 72,586 votes, almost 70% of total votes polled. General JJ Singh was polled only 11,677 votes, less than Dr Balbir Singh of the Aam Aadmi Party, who bagged 20,179 votes to stand second.
The Capt juggernaut went full steam right from the first round of the counting and the margin kept increasing as the time progressed. After third round, General JJ Singh could see the writing on the wall as the lead surpassed 10,000 votes. “I accept defeat and wish good luck for Amarinder for the victory and on his birthday. I will remain available for Patiala residents for help,” said JJ Singh, as he left the counting hall.
In his four consecutive wins from Patiala seat, Amarinder’s victory margin has been increasing. In 2012, Amarinder won by 42,318 votes and in 2007 polls, his victory margin was 32,695. Amarinder’s first win from Patiala seat was in year 2002 and he became the chief minister at that time.
As Amarinder was busy canvassing in Punjab, his wife Preneet Kaur, daughter Jayainder Kaur and granddaughter Seherinder Kaur, held the fort for him.