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Congress draws a blank in Kapurthala block samiti

punjab Updated: May 21, 2013 22:18 IST
Sanjeev Bhalla

The Congress might not have fared well in these polls, but at Sultanpur Lodhi, Congress MLA Navtej Singh Cheema has managed to conquer the bastion of former finance minister Bibi Upinderjit Kaur by wresting four block samitis seats from the SAD.

Of the 17 block samitis in the Sultanpur Lodhi assembly constituency, the Congress won at Tibba, Merrypur, Mahablipur and Kabirpur. It ran a close second in three more zones.

"For the first time after independence, we have managed to win Tibba, a bastion of former finance minister Bibi Upinderjit Kaur. This shows that for the first time, people showed courage to vote against her," Cheema said.

"The Congress has also won at another zone, Seechewal, which was part of my constituency in the assembly polls," he told HT.

In the Nadala block samiti polls, the SAD has won 12 zones, with the Congress winning three.

In Dhilwan block samiti, in the three results declared till the filing of this report, SAD had won two seats, with the Congress wresting one.

Results in the Kapurthala assembly constituency are likely to be a setback for Congress MLA Rana Gurjit Singh. Having won from here four times in a row, trends in these polls indicated that SAD was leading in 16 of the 17 zones, with Congress leading only at the Wadala zone.

"This is morale booster for me. I toiled hard at the grassroot level in the rural parts of the constituency and the results and trends reflect that. People have rejected Rana Gurjit. His days are over now," halqa in-charge of SAD and district planning committee chairman Sarabjit Singh Makkar said.