The Nadala (Kapurthala) block president Stephan Kala,who belongs to Schedule Caste category,won at Zone No 1 Raipur Araian a General Category seat beating his nearest rival Bhajan Singh Cheema by 103 votes. The Congress leader is a close confidante of party spokesperson and former Bholath MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira.
The Congress has also been able to win 8 of 24 the panchayat samiti zones of Bholath constituency.
While the Akalis have routed the Opposition across the state,the Congress has fared creditably in Doaba. In the zila parishads falling in the Nakodar constituency,Congress won in Shankar and Talwan zila parishad zones.
In Block samitis too,Congress-BSP candidates won 12 of the 15 seats leaving the SAD to account for the remaining three. In the Nakodar block samiti,Congress-BSP candidates won 9 of the 18 seats. In Adampur,SAD bagged only seven of the 17 block samitis.
The Congress has been boosted by the results in its traditional stronghold of Doaba. In the past two Assembly elections (2007 and 2012),the party had a dismal record in Doaba.
In 2007 and 2012,the party managed only four each out of 25 and 24 Assembly seats respectively. Our party was no where in the 2012 Assembly elections and within a years time we have managed to win 33 per cent of the block samiti seats from Doaba which is a good sign, said Amarjit Samra,the former Congress minister.
The party now wants to consolidate its position for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. We need to now work hard for the 2014 elections and have to stop the ruling SAD-BJP combine from resorting to unfair means like they did now, said former minister Chaudhary Santokh Singh.