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All arrangements in place for Sangrur bypoll counting day

The polls come at a time when the AAP is facing opposition heat over the law and order issue and the killing of singer Sidhu Moosewala.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana |
Updated: June 26, 2022 6:27:03 am
Sangrur Lok Sabha bypoll: 15 lakh voters to decide fate of Punjab's Sangrur todayElection staff arrive at Government Senior School, Barnala, a day ahead of polling on Wednesday. (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh Photo)

All arrangements have been made for Sunday’s counting day for Sangrur parliamentary bypoll held on June 23. The counting will be held at two locations in nine different halls.

At Desh Bhagat College, Dhuri, counting will be held for six assembly constituencies – Sangrur, Dirba, Lehragaga, Dhuri, Sunam and Malerkotla, while at SD College, Barnala, counting will be held for three assembly constituencies – Barnala, Mehal Kalan and Bhadaur.

“Counting of each assembly constituency will be held in different halls and there will be 16 rounds for the counting of votes,” said Sangrur deputy commissioner-cum-district electoral officer Jatinder Singh Jorwal. Out of the 15.69 lakh voters, only 7,10,825 lakh had turned out for voting at the bypoll. The total voter turnout was just 45.3% – the lowest after 1991 general elections.

Out of these, 4,05,827 voters were males, while 3,04,989 were females. Nine were the third gender voters.

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In the February 2022 Vidhan Sabha polls, the ruling AAP alone had garnered 6,43,354 votes from these nine assembly constituencies, while Congress had got 2,11,012 votes. Similarly, SAD (Badal) had got 1,41,382 votes in February 2022, while SAD (Amritsar) had garnered 81,553 votes. In February 2022 assembly elections, only AAP and SAD (Amritsar) had gained in votes compared to their vote share in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Meanwhile, it was revealed that videography of the entire counting process will be carried out on Sunday. So far, no political party has reacted to the low voter turnout during the bypoll.

Congress candidate Dalvir Singh Goldy said, “I am thankful to everyone who supported me in this election campaign. Whatever may be the result of this bypoll, I will remain with the masses. I will always be there to serve the masses.”

BJP candidate Kewal Dhillon, while speaking to the Indian Express, said, “I am confident of my victory. I managed to cover all 990 villages in this constituency along with our workers. BJP made a wide presence in rural areas of Malwa (Punjab) and we will continue to serve people.”

SAD (Amritsar) president and its candidate Simranjit Singh Mann preferred to conduct meetings with his workers a day before the counting of polls at his Sangrur-based house.

SAD (Badal) candidate Kamaldeep Kaur Rajoana preferred to stay at her residence in Ludhiana on Saturday. She said, “I will go to the counting centre on Sunday. I had raised a valid issue of Sikh community – the release of Sikh prisoners languishing in jails even after completing their jail terms. I hope people realise that this struggle is important for us. Whatever be the result, my struggle for ‘Bandi Singhs’ will continue.”

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