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Half the votes counted in Amritsar, Capt Amarinder races to victory pedestal; BJP staring at its biggest poll upset

Defying a nation-wide Modi-wave, Capt Amarinder Singh of Congress surged ahead of BJP stalwart-chief strategist Arun Jaitley by over 58,000 votes after counting of half of 14 rounds in the Amritsar Lok Sabha at 1.15 pm.

chandigarh Updated: May 16, 2014 13:57 IST
HT Correspondent

Defying a nation-wide Modi-wave, Capt Amarinder Singh of Congress surged ahead of BJP stalwart-chief strategist Arun Jaitley by over 58,000 votes after counting of half of 14 rounds in the Amritsar Lok Sabha at 1.15 pm.


Former Punjab chief minister Capt appeared to be on course to score the biggest win for the Congress which staring at the worst rout across the country in the Lok Sabha polls since 1977.

Jaitley, a long-time Rajya Sabha MP, who made his electoral debut from the holy city, appeared to be on a losing wicket as he has trailed from the word go, while Amarinder has consolidated his lead round after round in the high-stake contest.

A popular ire against the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance in Punjab is being seen as game-changer in Amritsar where BJP’s Navjot Singh Sidhu had won the last three Lok Sabha polls on a trot.