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Broom spells catastrophe for SAD
There is literally a lot to ponder over for SAD in Ludhiana as it was the broom surge that spelled catastrophe for them in their own assembly segments of Dakha, Jagraon and Gill. All three rural belts are dominated by Akali Dal MLAs and on top of it, Dakha, is the constituency of SAD-BJP candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali himself where AAP candidate H S Phoolka made him bite dust.
Dakha from where Ayali won 2012 polls with a massive 72,208 votes, was reduced to almost half on Friday. He got only 40,736 votes while Phoolka got 46,518 votes.
In Jagraon, Akali Dal managed only 26,303 votes whereas Phoolka got 62,359 votes. In 2012, SAD MLA S R Kaler secured 53,031 votes from Jagraon and this time number was reduced to even less than half. Even in Gill segment, from where Akali Dal’s Darshan Singh Shivalik got 69,131 votes in 2012, Akalis were on a back foot and Ayali managed a little over 41,000 votes whereas AAP got 47,133 votes.
Independent Simarjit Singh Bains, who fought elections after defecting from Akali Dal, stood fourth with 2.10 lakh votes, a little less than Ayali’s 2.56 lakh votes.
Unlike Ayali, Bains succeeded in getting maximum votes from his assembly segment- Atam Nagar but the number of votes reduced. While in 2012 he secured 51,063 votes, the number reduced to 43,093 on Friday. He performed the poorest in Jagraon with only 4,327 votes. From south where Bains’ brother Balwinder Singh Bains got some 49,000 votes in 2012, Bains managed a little over 42,000 only.
Phoolka won in four segments whereas Ravneet Singh Bittu got maximum votes in three. Both SAD and BJP, after the defeat struggled to find if Modi wave actually existed in Ludhiana.