Voters of Nawanshahr seem to have gone by conventional political inclinations rather than the professed patriotism of People's Party of Punjab (PPP). PPP nominee Abhay Sandhu, the sole surviving kin of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh, had to bite dust at the hustings as a result.
He got just 8,947 votes and trailed even BSP candidate Vinod Kumar, who bagged 29,638 votes to come at third position.
Voters voted in favour of Congress candidate Guriqbal Kaur Babli who got 35,910 votes and defeated SAD candidate Satinder Kaur Kariha by 1,759 votes.
Sandhu was the first candidate announced by PPP to send message across to the people that the fledgling party wanted to follow the dreams of martyrs and wanted development of the state as per their dreams.
In hindsight, PPP's move to hold rally at Khatkar Kalan, the birth place of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, and even adoption of phone ring tone of 'mera rang de basanti chola' did not work in its favour.
Asked why people did not accept their ideas, Sandhu claimed that main political parties managed to secure votes with the help of money power, while he and other PPP candidates fought on the issue of ideology of martyrs.
Meanwhile, voters of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district threw up surprises on three seats, favouring Congress candidates in two constituencies of Nawanshahr and Banga (reserve) and Shiromani Akali Dal candidate Chaudhary Nand Lal in Balachaur.