The Congress registered an impressive win in the bypolls to Shahkot assembly seat with its candidate Hardev Singh Laddi Sherowalia defeating Shiromani Akali Dal’s Naib Singh Kohar by a margin of 38,801 votes. Laddi polled 82,745 votes while Kohar got 43,944 votes in the bypolls held on Monday.
SAD had been representing this seat since 1997 and the party had won from here in the last Assembly elections in 2017 when the Congress had swept the polls winning 77 of the 117 seats in the state assembly.
“I am thankful to Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh for trusting me despite all odds and all other senior party leaders including PPCC president Sunil Jakhar and my ‘political guru’ former minister and Congress MLA Rana Gurjit Singh,” said Laddi after the results were announced.
Reacting to the loss, SAD candidate Naib Singh Kohar said that the government had tampered with EVMs which led Congress candidate to win this seat.