Punjab bypolls: Congress leader Preneet Kaur wins Patiala seat

Chandigarh: Congress leader and former union minister Preneet Kaur on Monday won the Patiala Assembly seat, defeating her nearest SAD rival Bhagwan Dass Juneja.

 Punjab bypolls: Congress leader Preneet Kaur wins Patiala seat

Congress leader Preneet Kaur won the Patiala seat in the Punjab bypolls. PIB

Kaur, wife of former chief minister Amarinder Singh, won by a margin of over 23,282 votes, an election office spokesman said. Patiala seat was retained by Congress.

Kaur polled 52,967 votes, SAD nominee Bhagwan Dass Juneja 29,685 and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Harjit S Adaltiwala 5724 votes.

Soon after the declaration of results, Kaur told reporters that "I will fight for the development of Patiala in the assembly and will make strategy to form Congress Government in state in next assembly elections."

Meanwhile, SAD candidate's son Gurpal Juneja died of heart stroke last night, his family said.

At the other seat Talandi Sabo where counting is in process, SAD's Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu is leading over his nearest Congress rival Harminder Jassi.

Talwandi Sabo seat had fallen vacant after sitting Congress MLA Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu deserted the party to join ruling SAD. Sidhu is leading by over 30,000 votes against Congress rival Jassi.

AAP, which had bagged four Lok Sabha seats out of total 13 in Punjab, had finished third at Patiala whereas its candidate Baljinder Kaur is trailing way behind SAD and Congress candidate from Talwandi Sabo seat.

Before falling vacant, both Patiala and Talwandi Sabo seats were with Congress.

The Patiala seat fell vacant after Amarinder got elected to Lok Sabha from Amritsar. Amarinder Singh is now the deputy leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha. He had defeated BJP candidate Arun Jaitley, now the union finance and defence minister, in a bitter contest for the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat by over one lakh votes.

(With inputs from PTI and IANS)

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Updated Date: Aug 25, 2014 11:30:43 IST