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SAD doesn’t get many votes from village housing Sukhvilas

The Shiromani Akali Dali candidate from the Kharar constituency failed to get many votes from Pallanpur village, home to seven-star luxury resort Sukhvilas in which former Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal and his wife and Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal have a majority stake, despite the party having tried to play the development card in the run-up to the assembly polls.

assembly elections Updated: Mar 15, 2017 14:14 IST
Shailee Dogra
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Of a total of 917 votes polled in the village, Congress candidate Jagmohan Singh Kang got 404 votes while SAD candidate Ranjit Singh Gill got 348 votes. (HT File )

The Shiromani Akali Dali candidate from the Kharar constituency failed to get many votes from Pallanpur village, home to seven-star luxury resort Sukhvilas in which former Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal and his wife and Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal have a majority stake, despite the party having tried to play the development card in the run-up to the assembly polls.

Of a total of 917 votes polled in the village, Congress candidate Jagmohan Singh Kang got 404 votes while SAD candidate Ranjit Singh Gill got 348 votes. The Aam Admi Party candidate Kanwar Sandhu, who was elected as MLA from the segment, got only 137 votes from the village. Three voters from the village used NOTA (none of the above) option. Sandhu defeated his nearest rival Kang by 2,012 votes. While Sandhu got 54,171 total votes, Kang secured 52,159 votes.

Even as the Sukhvilas has started operations, the voters rejected the SAD for its failure to develop the village. The village has only one school — run by government — housed in a single-storeyed dilapidated building. The students are forced to sit in the open as rooms are dark and damp. Children have to travel 6 kilometers to Boothgarh village to pursue studies beyond Class 8.

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Mullanpur buys development card

Mullanpur, projected as New Chandigarh, votes for SAD probably keeping in mind the development works in the area in the last 10 years. The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has been generous in developing the area which SAD got votes in large number.

SAD candidate Ranjit Singh Gill got 1,056 votes of a total 3,105 votes polled in the area that has 32 villages. Congress candidate Kang got 1,040 votes while AAP candidate Sandhu got 880 votes. Twenty three voters opted for NOTA.

Kharar city votes for AAP, Kansal prefers Cong

The voters from Kharar city helped the AAP candidate win. He got 11,629 votes from Kharar city of a total of 28.498 votes polled from there.

The votes in Kharar city were divided between AAP and Congress while SAD struggled at third position. A little more than 200 people chose NOTA as an option.

For Sandhu, Kansal village, where he lives, proved a difficult bet as he managed to get only 918 votes out of a total of 3,287 votes polled. The Congress candidate had a clear edge with 1,387 votes while Gill got only 879 votes, with 26 voters opting for NOTA.

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