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SAD sweeps SGPC election
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 11
A few reverses in Sangrur and Ropar notwithstanding, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) was heading for a landslide win in the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) elections.

Some of the winners of SGPC poll

Jagdev Singh Talwandi Harsurinder Singh Gill Kewal Singh Badal Raghbir Singh Saharanmajra Satpal Singh Talwandi

Jaswinder Singh Hardeep Singh Bibi Kiranjot Kaur Kirpal Singh Onkar Singh

According to trends available from various parts of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh, Shiromani Akali Dal candidates were heading for comfortable wins in most of the constituencies. Elections to three constituencies in Amritsar and Gurdaspur were countermanded after the Punjab Government refused to accept the recommendation of the Chief Commissioner, Gurdwara Elections, for transferring Deputy Commissioners of the two districts, besides shifting three returning officers.

The SAD suffered major reverses in Sangrur and Ropar, where they lost six seats each. In Ropar district, the SAD could win only Anandpur Sahib and lost two seats each in Ropar, besides losing in Morinda and Mohali.

One PCS officer, who contested as an Independent and was later supported by the Shiromani Akali Dal, lost by more than 5000 votes.

According to Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, spokesman of the SAD, the Dal won 127 out of 146 seats in Punjab for which polling was held today. Since six of its candidates were declared elected unopposed, its tally in Punjab went up to 133. Panthic Morcha candidates and Independents won 19 seats so far. Two Panthic Morcha candidates had been declared elected unopposed. In Chandigarh, the lone seat was won by Mr Gurpartap Singh Riar, an Independent, who had opposed the official candidate of the SAD, Mr Amarinder Singh.

In Mohali, the Panthic Morcha candidate, Mr Hardeep Singh, was also a comfortable winner.

In Hoshiarpur, Mr Harbans Singh Manjpur of the SAD was defeated. The Dal lost one seat each in Gurdaspur (Dera Baba Nanak ) and Amritsar (Patti).

In Sangrur, the SAD lost both city seats, besides tasting defeat in Malerkotla, Sunam, Dhuri and Dirbha. Initial results from Haryana indicated that the SAD was leading in two seats in Hisar and one in Ambala.

Tribune Reporters add: 
The Shiromani Akali Dal won at least 21 SGPC seats out of 25 while the result of the remaining seats was awaited. This included all four seats of Amritsar City, which witnessed a keen contest. Mr Sukhwinder Singh Jhabal, SAD candidate, had been declared unopposed while the election at Tarn Taran was countermanded. Those declared elected from Amritsar City are Bibi Kiranjit Kaur, Mr Jaswinder Singh Advocate, Mr Rajinder Singh Mehta and Mr Onkar Singh.

Among the SAD candidates elected from Amritsar district are Mr Gurwinder Pal Singh and Mr Baljit Singh from Baba Bakala, Mr Hardial Singh (Bhikhiwind), Bibi Manjit Kaur (Tarn Taran), Mr Baldev Singh (Chaaugawan), Mr Gopal Singh Janian (Jandiala) and Mr Santokh Singh (Guru ka Bagh).

BATHINDA: SAD candidates Dr Balbir Singh Deol and Jagroop Singh won from Bhagta Bhai Ka and Rampura Phul, respectively, whereas its candidates Sukhdev Singh Bahia and Davinder Kaur were victorious from Bathinda (General) and Bathinda (women reserved) seats, respectively. SAD candidates Balwant Singh Beerbehman, Mohan Singh Bangi and Chatan Singh Sabao won the SGPC  poll from Baluana, Talwandi Sabo (General) and Talwandi Sabo (SC reserved) seats, respectively.

Panthic Morcha candidate Gurtej Singh Jodhpur Pakhar was leading his SAD rival by over 2,200 votes at Mor Mandi when reports last came in. Counting for 13 polling stations was yet to be completed for this seat.

JALANDHAR: It was a clean sweep for the SAD in Shiromani SGPC elections as its candidates won all nine constituencies. While its candidate from Adampur had won unopposed prior to the elections, other eight seats were also won by its party members. Mr Kulwant Singh Manan won from Jalandhar (Urban) constituency and Ms Gurvinder Kaur won the seat reserved for women. The Kartarpur seat went to Mr Sukhbir Singh and the Shahkot seat went to Mr Shinghar Singh.

In Phillaur, Mr Harjinder Lallian won while Ms Nirmal Kaur won the seat reserved for women.

In Kapurthala, SAD won all seats. Bibi Jagir Kaur, former SGPC chief, won from Bhulath. Mr Jarnail Singh won from Phagwara. Kapurthala (Urban) seat was won by Mr Santokh Singh Bhadda.

LUDHIANA: The Shiromani Akali Dal won 17 of the 19 SGPC seats from Ludhiana district. The winners include former SGPC President Jagdev Singh Talwandi from Raikote.

The only upset was the defeat of the Senior Vice-President of the party and sitting SGPC member Amarjit Singh Bhatia from Ludhiana (North). Mr Bhatia was defeated by Mr Balwinder Singh Bains of the Panthic Morcha in a close contest. Mr Bains is a close confidante of Mr Simranjit Singh Mann. The Panthic Morcha candidate, Ms Sukhjinder Kaur Sukhi, had won from Ludhiana (South) reserved for women unopposed.

Prominent winners from Ludhiana district include SGPC vice-president Kewal Badal from Sidhwan Bet, Mr Avtar Singh Makkar from Ludhiana (West) and Mr Kanwal Inder Singh Thekedar from Ludhiana (North). Mr Talwandi defeated Mr Rajwinder Singh, Mr Kewal Badal defeated Mr Milkiat Singh, Mr Makkar defeated Mr Parvinder Singh and Mr Thekedar, son of senior Akali leader Mr Surjan Singh Thekedar, defeated Mr Jarnail Singh. All four losers were from the Panthic Morcha.

Other winners include Mr Gurmail Singh Sangowal, from Doraha, Mr Ranjit Singh Mangli from Ludhiana (Rural) (General), Ms Bhupinder Kaur from Ludhiana (Rural) (Women), Mr Surinderpal Singh Badhowal from Dakha, Mr Gurbax Singh Purian from Sidhwan Bet (General), Mr Harsurinder Singh Gill from Jagraon, Jathedar Daya Singh from Khanna, Ms Balwinder Kaur Khatra from Khanna (Women), Bibi Harbans Kaur from Raikote (Women), Mr Raghubir Singh from Payal (Feneral) and Mr Devinder Singh Cheema from Payal (Men), Mr Harpreet Singh Garcha from Pakhowal and Mr Kripal Singh Khirnia from Samrala.

MANSA: The Panthic Morcha won two out of the six seats in Mansa district. Panthic Morcha candidates Harcharan Singh Burjhari and Karnail Singh Ghorrewala won from Joga (General) and Joga (SC reserved), respectively.

The other four seats were won by SAD candidates. They are Mr Manjeet Singh Bhappiana, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dayalpura, Mr Surjit Singh Raipur and Bibi Kashmir Kaur from Mansa, Budladha, Sardulgarh (General) and Sardulgarh (Women) respectively.

MUKTSAR: The SAD repeated its performance in party president Parkash Singh Badalís home district Muktsar by winning all six seats. All sitting SGPC members of the SAD were re-elected. While three seats had been won by the SAD unopposed, its candidates on the other three seats were also victorious.

The SAD candidate from Malout, Mr Dayal Singh Kolianwali, defeated Panthic Morcha candidate Jaswant Singh Ramnagar by over 2,000 votes, while the SAD candidate from Gidderbaha, Mr Gurpal Singh Gora, defeated Panthic Morcha candidate Mahan Singh Karaiwala by over 25,000 votes. Mr Sarup Singh Sibia won from Muktsar (General) seat by defeating Panthic Morcha candidate Gurdev Singh Lubanowali by over 3,000 votes.

The SAD candidates who had been declared elected unopposed are Mr Navtej Singh Kauni from Doda (General), Ms Mukhtiar Kaur from Doda (SC) and Ms Manjeet Kaur Chrewan from Muktsar (Women). Nomination papers of their rival candidates had been rejected on different grounds.

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