Even as the Congress is celebrating their historic win all over Punjab, the vote share of the party’s sitting MLAs who won in the district underwent some major alterations after the results of the Vidhan Sabha elections were declared on Saturday. Overall, however, half of the victorious sitting MLAs improved on their vote share.
The Congress won eight of 14 constituencies while the AAP registered wins in five and SAD-BJP won just one constituency. A total of eight sitting MLAs from the district retained their seats in the elections this time. For the Congress, five seats were retained by their sitting MLAs while for the AAP-LIP combine two seats were retained by sitting MLAs. As for the SAD-BJP, only one sitting MLA managed to retain the only seat that the ruling alliance won in the district.
However, all is not rosy when it comes to the vote share. Even as two sitting Congress MLAs improved upon their vote share, the remaining three lost out on votes this time despite their win. A total of four sitting MLAs who retained their seats from different constituencies improved from anywhere between 100 to 10,000 votes. The Bains brothers who formed an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party were among these four who improved their vote share even though the party failed to impress with their debut in Punjab. The vote share of the lone Akali MLA who won from Sahnewal decreased considerably.
The vote share of Gurkirat Singh Kotli of the Congress from Khanna constituency considerably increased from 45,045 in 2012 to 55,690 votes this year. Kotli is the cousin brother of local MP Ravneet Singh Bittu.
Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, the only MLA to retain his seat from Sahnewal constituency, got 63,184 votes this year as compared to 71,583 in 2012. Harjot Singh Bains of the AAP who was contesting from Sahnewal had claimed that he will defeat Dhillon but could not even secure the second spot in the race and faced a humiliating defeat.
Simarjeet Singh Bains from Atam Nagar constituency and Balwinder Singh Bains from Ludhiana South also managed to increase their vote share. Simarjeet, who secured 51,063 votes in 2012, got 53,421 votes this time. Balwinder, who got 49,594 votes last time, made it to 53,955 votes.
Interestingly, Rakesh Pandey from Ludhiana North, whom the party wanted to replace with a new face also secured his seat. But his vote share declined from 48,216 to 44,864. A multifaced contest in the area could be the reason for his decreased vote bank.
Surinder Dawar from Ludhiana Central was also able to maintain his vote share with a slight increase from 47,737 last time to 47,871.
However, Bharat Bhushan Ashu from Ludhiana West, whose team had claimed that it will increase the vote share this time suffered a setback and lost nearly 2,500 votes. In 2012, Ashu secured 69,125 votes while he got 66,627 votes this time.
Amrik Singh Dhillon of the Congress clocked in at 54,810 votes in 2012 while he secured 51,930 votes this time.