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Home / Lok Sabha Elections / Lok Sabha elections 2019: Up against 3 sitting MLAs, Harsimrat eyes hat-trick

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Up against 3 sitting MLAs, Harsimrat eyes hat-trick

The Bathinda Lok Sabha seat was one of 13 that went to polls on Sunday, in the last phase of the 17th general elections.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: May 20, 2019 07:51 IST
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Bathinda
Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the daughter-in-law of five-time former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and wife of SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal, pulled out all stops to score a hat trick from Bathinda Lok Sabha constituency.
Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the daughter-in-law of five-time former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and wife of SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal, pulled out all stops to score a hat trick from Bathinda Lok Sabha constituency.(Anil Dayal/Hindustan Times )
         

Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the daughter-in-law of five-time former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and wife of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal, pulled out all stops to score a hat trick from Bathinda Lok Sabha constituency.

The seat was one of 13 that went to polls on Sunday, in the last phase of the 17th general elections.

The SAD has an enviable electoral record of winning the seat five times out of six in past two-and-half decades.

Badal faced three sitting legislators — Amrinder Singh Raja Warring of the ruling Congress, rebel Aam Aadmi Party leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira and Baljinder Kaur, the official AAP nominee of the party.

A two-time MLA from Gidderbaha, Warring was fielded after Manpreet Singh Badal, who is the finance minister in the Amarinder Singh government, and Navjot Kaur, wife of star campaigner and tourism minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, refused to contest.

Khaira had set up Punjab Ekta Party (PEP) after leading a revolt against AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, earlier this year in January.

Though it fared poorly in the 2014 parliamentary polls, the AAP had won five of nine assembly seats that fall in Bathinda segment, in the state polls held two years ago.

Internal squabbles and splits have left the party in disarray.

The desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib and the subsequent police firing on Sikh protesters during the Akali government in 2015 dominated the poll narrative in many parts of the constituency.

Both Warring and Khaira railed against the Badals to tap into anger among the Sikhs on sacrilege incidents. Harsimrat Badal, however, dismissed all accusations as false propaganda by Congress, and hit back at their alleged protection of those accused of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and Operation Blue Star.

Badal counted on the development work done by the previous SAD governments, including setting up an AIIMS, building better roads and drinking water facilities.

Warring, in turn, blamed the empty coffers left by the SAD-BJP government for delay in implementation of poll promises.

Here is a look at exit poll numbers:

 

BIHAR
ArrahRajkumar Singh, BJP
BuxarAshwini Kumar Choubey, BJP
SasaramChhedi Paswan, BJP
KarakatUpendra Kushwaha, RLSP
JahanabadArun Kumar, Rashtriya Lok Samta Party
NalandaKaushalendra Kumar, JD(U)
Patna SahibShatrughan Sinha, BJP (now with Congress)
PatliputraRam Kripal Yadav, BJP
PUNJAB
Amritsar:Gurjeet Singh Aujla, Congress
Anandpur SahibPrem Singh Chandumajra, SAD
BathindaHarsimrat Kaur, SAD
Faridkot (SC)Sadhu Singh, AAP
Fatehgarh Sahib (SC)Harinder Singh Khalsa, AAP
FerozepurSher Singh Ghubaya, SAD
GurdaspurSunil Jakhar, Congress
Hoshiarpur (SC)Vijay Sampla, BJP
Jalandhar (SC)Santokh Singh Chaudhary, Congress
Khadoor SahibRanjit Singh Brahmpura, SAD (SAD-Taksali)
LudhianaRavneet Singh Bittu, Congress
PatialaDharamvira Gandhi, AAP
SangrurBhagwant Mann, AAP
CHANDIGARH
ChandigarhKirron Kher, BJP
HIMACHAL PRADESH
KangraShanta Kumar, BJP
HamirpurAnurag Thakur, BJP
MandiRamswaroop Sharma, BJP
ShimlaVirender Kashyap, BJP
JHARKHAND
GoddaNishikant Dubey, BJP
DumkaShibu Soren, JMM
RajmahalVijay Hansdak, JM
UTTAR PRADESH
BalliaBharat Singh, BJP
BansgaonKamlesh Paswan, BJP
ChandauliMahendra Nath Pandey, BJP
DeoriaKalraj Mishra, BJP
GhazipurManoj Sinha, BJP
GhosiHarinarayan Rajbhar, BJP
GorakhpurPraveen Kumar Nishad, SP
Kushi NagarRajesh Pandey, BJP
RobertsganjChhotelal, BJP
SalempurRavindra Kushwaha, BJP
VaranasiNarendra Modi, BJP
MirzapurAnupriya Patel, Apna Dal
MaharajganjPankaj Chaudhary, BJP
MADHYA PRADESH (8)
DewasManohar Untwal, BJP
DharSavitri Thakur, BJP
IndoreSumitra Mahajan (BJP)
KhandwaNandkumar Singh Chouhan (BJP)
KhargoneSubhash Patel, BJP
MandsaurSudhir Gupta, BJP
RatlamKantilal Bhuria, Congress
UjjainProf Chintamani Malviya, BJP
WEST BENGAL
BarasatKakali Ghosh Dastidar, Trinamool
BasirhatIdris Ali, Trinamool Congress
JoynagarPratima Mondal, Trinamool Congress
MathurapurChoudhury Mohan Jatua, Trinamool Congress
Diamond HarbourAbhishek Banerjee, Trinamool Congress
Kolkata SouthSubrata Bakshi, Trinamool Congress
JadavpurSugata Bose, Trinamool Congress
Kolkata NorthSudip Bandyopadhyay, Trinamool Congress
DumdumSaugata Roy, Trinamool Congress