BJP stalwarts bite dust in Hoshiarpur district
BJP received a big jolt in Hoshiarpur district as two of its stalwarts Tikshan Sud and Arunesh Shakir lost from Hoshiarpur and Mukerian seats, respectively.
Sud lost to Congress rival Sunder Sham Arora by a margin of 6,207 votes while Shakir was defeated by Congress rebel Rajnish Kumar Babbi by nearly 12,000 votes, the biggest in the district.
Both Sud and Shakir were cabinet ministers in the outgoing government. Congress candidate Ajit Narang remained third in Mukerian.
Congress improved its tally by one. It bagged the Urmur seat, besides Hoshiarpur.
Sangat Singh Gilzian defeated SAD candidate Arvinder Singh Rasoolpur by a margin of 5,529 votes. Gilzian had won this seat in 2007 as a Congress rebel but later joined the party.
SAD's Mohinder Kaur Josh defeated Ram Lubhaya of Congress by 4,839 votes while Sohan Singh Thandal was re-elected from newly-carved Chabbewal (Reserve) constituency by defeating Dr Raj Kumar.
SAD district president and SGPC member Surinder Singh Bhullewal Ratthan trounced sitting Congress MLA Lov Kumar Goldie in Garhshankar.
Goldie was the lone Congress candidate to have won in the district in 2007.
In Dasuya, BJP's sitting MLA Amarjit Singh Sahi won by a margin of 6,194 votes. He defeated former Congress minister Ramesh Chander Dogra.
PPP-led Sanjha Morcha's candidates in all the seven segments could not save their security deposits.
BSP too failed miserably except in Sham Chaurasi and Garhshankar where its candidates Sumittar Singh Sikri and Gurlal Saila not only managed to get around 22,000 and 18,000 votes, respectively, but also played a big role in the defeat of Congress candidates.