Two of the four woman candidates who emerged victorious in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections had the distinction of securing the highest number of votes polled among all the 13 nominees who were elected.
Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) nominee from Bathinda, secured 5,29,472 votes, the highest polled by any candidate in the 2009 polls, to make her maiden entry to Parliament. She has again been nominated by her party from Bathinda.
Harsimrat defeated the Congress party’s Raninder Singh by a margin of 1,20,948 votes, the highest victory margin in Punjab. Harsimrat, wife of Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal, secured 5,29,472 of the total 10,48,228 votes polled in her constituency.
Preneet Kaur bagged the second spot, polling 4,74,188 votes out of the 9,36,005 polled. She defeated Prem Singh Chandumajra by a margin of 97,389 votes, the third highest margin after Harsimrat and Manish Tewari (Cong) who won by a margin of 1,13,706 votes from Ludhiana.
Preneet Kaur, wife of former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh, is again in the fray from Patiala, seeking her fourth consecutive term in the Lok Sabha. If she wins this time, she will be one win short of the record of five consecutive wins by a woman candidate from Punjab. This record is held by former union minister Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder. The late Mrs Bhinder had recorded five consecutive victories from Gurdaspur from 1980 onwards until her defeat at the hands of Bollywood star and BJP candidate Vinod Khanna in 1998.
Another woman candidate, Paramjit Kaur Gulshan (SAD), had an impressive performance in 2009 polls from the Faridkot (reserve) constituency. She bagged the fourth spot in Punjab in terms of votes secured by a candidate. She polled 4,57,734 votes, just behind Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala (SAD), who secured 4,67,980 votes from the Khadoor Sahib constituency, the highest secured by a male candidate in Punjab.
Gulshan defeated Sukhwinder Singh Danny of the Congress by a margin of 62,042 votes, the fifth highest victory margin in 2009 polls. This was her second consecutive term in the Lok Sabha as she had won from Bathinda in 2004. She has again been re-nominated by SAD from Faridkot and will be seeking her third successive term in the Lok Sabha.
The four th woman who emerged victorious in 2009 polls was Santosh Chowdhary, who is currently the union minister of state for health and family.
She was elected from Hoshiarpur (reserve) by a slender margin of just 366 defeating Som Parkash of the BJP. This was the lowest margin in Punjab and also among the lowest in the country in 2009.