From trounce to triumph: Akalis who made most of the second chance
They have washed away the tag of losers. Many candidates of the Shiromani Akali Dal who lost in the previous state elections have repaid the party for giving them a second chance.
In 2007, Saroop Chand Singla lost the Bathinda Urban seat to Harminder Singh Jassi of the Congress by 14,645 votes. In 2012, he took it by 6,599 votes.
Mantar Singh Brar, 10,810 paces behind Ripjeet Singh Brar in the last race in Kotkapura, finished 18,175 steps ahead of him on the Tuesday that counted. Mantar's magic that made him victorious independent candidate in 1997 vanished against Upendra Sharma in 2002 and Ripjeet in 2007, when taking on the Congress.
Sikander Singh Maluka, whom Gurpreet Singh Kangar overpowered in the previous big fight in Rampura Phul (Nathana in 2007), found the same opponent in the ring, and gave him 5,111 knockout punches.
Darshan Singh Kotfatta was beaten in Bathinda Rural when it was Pakka Kalan. Makkhan Singh of the Congress took away that match by a score of 5,607. Kotfatta has avenged that defeat by a lead of 5,306.
Tota Singh won in Dharamkot what he had lost in Moga constituency in 2007. Forgetting defeat at the hands of Joginder Pal Jain, he took on Sukhjit Singh from the same team and gave him 4,252 scars to remember.
Hari Singh Zira, thrown down 11,948 levels (votes) the last time he clashed with Naresh Kumar Kataria of the Congress in Zira, now has crushed him with an extra mandate of 12,372.