Counting of votes for Dhuri assembly bypoll begins; SAD(B) leads after 11 rounds

  • HT Correspondent, None, Sangrur
  • Updated: Apr 15, 2015 14:36 IST

After eleven rounds of counting, Gobind Singh Longowal of SAD(B) leads by 34134 votes.

After 10th round,
SAD Badal = 55659 votes
Congress = 26384 votes
SAD Mann = 6582 votes

After 9th round,
SAD Badal = 50708 votes
Congress = 23613 votes
SAD Mann = 6184 votes

After seven rounds of counting, Gobind Singh Longowal of SAD(B) leads by 25741 votes.

After 6th round,
SAD Badal = 38344 votes
Congress = 14781 votes
SAD Mann = 5135 votes

In fifth round, Gobind Singh Longowal of SAD(B) leads by 19446 votes.

After 4th round,
SAD Badal = 24649 votes
Congress = 9855 votes
SAD Mann = 3669 votes

After 3 rounds, Gobind Singh Longowal of SAD(B) leads by 11425 votes.

In second round, Gobind Singh Longowal of SAD(B) leads by 8078 votes.

In first round, Gobind Singh Longowal of SAD(B) leads by 4067 votes.

The counting of votes to decide the winner of the Dhuri assembly byelection held on April 11 started at 8 am at Desh Bhagat College, Bardwal on Wednesday.

There are 14 counting tables with a supervisor, a helper, and a micro observer manning each. Election observer SM Sarkunde will also be present. Apart from counting agents, journalists have also be given space at the centre.

Dhuri was an intensive election campaign with 12 candidates trying their luck. The main fight is between Akali-BJP candidate Gobind Singh Longowal and Congress-backed Sanjha Morcha contestant Simar Pratap Singh Barnala, grandson of former chief minister Surjit Singh Barnala. Both contenders expect big win, but political analysts say it will depend on the swing of the 63,000-odd votes that went to the Aam Aadmi Party in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in this assembly segment.

AAP MP Bhagwant Mann stayed away from electioneering, engaged as he was in the war within the party in Delhi.

If Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) candidate Surjit Singh Kalabula gets more than 10,000 votes, it may dent the vote bank of Longowal, making his position vulnerable. Also, had Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh and his supporters put their weight behind Barnala from Day One of the campaigning, the candidate’s chances would be brighter on Wednesday.

Likewise, the near absence of the Bharatiya Janata Party from the campaign is also a talking point in the constituency.

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