Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar wins Gurdaspur LS bypoll

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Chandigarh: Punjab’s ruling Congress secured an emphatic win in the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat on Sunday.

Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar won by a margin of over 1.93 lakh votes, officials said.

Jakhar, who is the Punjab Congress president, was leading over Salaria by over 14,000 votes after four rounds of counting.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Major General Suresh Kumar Khajuria (retd) was on the third spot.

The counting is being conducted in centres in Gurdaspur and Pathankot towns.

Nearly 56 per cent of the 15.22 lakh registered voters exercised their franchise for the seat. The voter turnout was much lower than the over 70 per cent polling in the 2014 general elections.

The seat fell vacant in April following the passing away of veteran actor Vinod Khanna, a four-time MP from the seat.

The Bharatiya Janata Party is trying to retain the seat while the Congress, which recently came to power in Punjab after sweeping the assembly polls, is trying to wrest it from the BJP.