Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidate from Anandpur Sahib constituency Prem Singh Chandumajra defeated senior Congress leader and former union minister Ambika Soni by a margin of 23,697 votes in the Lok Sabha polls, results for which were declared here on Friday.
The leader finally tasted victory after losing assembly polls from Lehragaga in 2007, parliamentary elections from Patiala in 2009, and assembly elections from Fatehgarh Sahib in 2012.
Interestingly, first-timer Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Himmat Singh Shergill managed over 3 lakh votes making it to the third place. Chandumajra got 3, 47, 394 votes, Ambika Soni got 3, 23, 697 votes, while Shergill scored over 3 lakh votes, lagging behind Soni with a difference of just around 17,000 votes.
As the counting began in Ropar and SAS Nagar, Soni led the trend initially, but after a few rounds, Chandumajra took lead. Hours before declaration of result, SAD supporters were seen in celebration mode. Soon after the victory, Chandumajra went to Sri Anandpur Sahib gurudwara to pay obeisance.
Later in the evening, a victory procession was taken out in SAS Nagar.
AAP candidate Shergill got the highest votes of 50, 987 in SAS Nagar, with Chandumajra scoring 43,714, and Congress candidate scoring only 35, 564 votes. However, AAP factor worked only in SAS Nagar as SAD got maximum votes from the sub divisions, leading it to victory.
AAP spoiled the game: Ambika Soni
AAP played a spoiler for Congress party, said Congress candidate Ambika Soni. “We never thought they could get more than 3 lakh votes. We tried our level best and accept the verdict of the people. I am thankful to the people of my constituency for voting for me and supporting me,” she said.
Satisfied with result: Shergill
Shergill said he was satisfied with the party’s performance as they led from four assemblies out of nine in Punjab. “Our focus will be on assembly elections and we will bounce back with a thumping victory. I am thankful to the people of the constituency for supporting me wholeheartedly,” he added.