With an expectation of over 20,000 votes. SAD’s Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu was himself surprised to see his ever growing lead since first round which was finally 46642 by the end. Jeet thus defeated Congress’s Harminder Singh Jassi who was the only candidate who managed to save his security deposit by getting 25105 votes while the rest all 5 candidates lost their security deposit.
It was the record victory margin of any candidate at Talwandi Sabo seat while it was the highest margin even for Jeet Mohinder Singh. Talking to The Indian Express while sitting on the top of his SUV during a victory procession, Jeet said,” my highest victory margin was over 9,000 votes. It is simply unbelievable for me. I was sure of winning this election, but had no idea that margin will be so huge.”
Meanwhile it was the straight 4th victory of Jeet . He won 2002 election defeated Jassi as an independent candidate with a mere margin of 237 votes while in 2007 and 2012 he won as a Congress candidate with a margin of 4500 and 9000 votes respectively. This was his 5th election from Talwandi Sabo and he had lost only one in 1997 when he fought from SAD ticket. In 1997, Congress’s Jassi had defeated him and hence it was the third contest between Jeet and Jassi from Talwandi Sabo.
AAP effect failed to work though Arvind Kejriwal had spent 2 days in this constituency as Baljinder Kaur managed to get only 13899 votes while AAP rebel Balkar Singh Sidhu got 6305 votes. The other independent candidates Makhan Singh, Balwinder Singh and Bharpur Singh got 389, 218 and 447 votes respectively while 580 votes were polled as NOTA.
Jeet Mohinder lead started with 3811 votes in the first round and it kept on increasing till the last and 12th round. However celebrations had started from 4th round itself where workers were seen playing with holi colours and it was a common scene in the entire town as a large number of supporters were seen drenched in holi colours.
After winning election, an over excited Jeet also played with holi colours before sitting on the top of SUV to have a round in the entire town so as to thank them.
He said,” even if I give every drop of blood for the residents, I will not be able to thank them for their huge support. ”
He contributed his success to the SAD workers and extra efforts of entire SAD leadership while he was all praise for CM Parkash Singh Badal and his entire family.
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