AAPset in Sangrur bypoll: Four assembly segments seal party’s fate

The powerful AAP wave, which was seen during the February 2022 assembly elections, seemed to retreat with equal force, this time in four of the nine constituencies of the Sangrur Lok Sabha constituency, out of voter favor.

In nine constituencies, the party recorded a record lead of 3,74,299 votes. But just 100 days later, it lost its Lok Sabha seat by a margin of 5,822 votes.

The party is leading in five seats – Lehra, Sangrur, Sunam, Dhuri and Mehal Kalan, but Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) candidate Simranjit Mann has failed to lose his overall vote share.

In the constituencies of Sunam, Dhuri and Dirba, AAP won the assembly elections by a margin of over 50,000 votes. The other two divisions were let down this time despite the lead by Dhuri.

In the constituency of Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema, Dirba, the AAP trailed behind the SAD (A) by 7,553 votes.  (HT Photo)
In the constituency of Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema, Dirba, the AAP trailed behind the SAD (A) by 7,553 votes. (HT Photo)

In the constituency of Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema, Dirba, the AAP trailed behind the SAD (A) by 7,553 votes. AAP candidate Gurmeel Singh, who represents the Education Minister Gurmeet Singh Meath Hayer, has won by a margin of 2,295 votes. Bernalla voters are said to be saddened by Meat Hayer’s security cover and his performance. Another issue that has provoked voters is the “accessibility” of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann.

On the other hand, the Muslim-dominated Malerkotla and the Dalit belt of Dirba came to support SAD (A) candidate Simranjit Mann. Riding on the anti-regime sentiment that arose following the assassination of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala, Mann managed to garner votes from the rural masses.

In 2019, Sangrur was the only Lok Sabha seat in the country that AAP had in its kitty. In 2014, AAP won the seat with three other seats in Punjab.

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