Haryana bypoll: BJP leader quits national executive

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Chandigarh, May 26 (UNI) Taking moral responsibility for his son's defeat in the Gohana assembly bypoll in Haryana, Sonepat MP Kishan Singh Sangwan, who is also the national president of the BJP's Panchayati Cell, today resigned from the BJP national executive.

Talking to UNI over phone, he said he had sent his resignation letter to the party high command in the wake of his son Pradeep Singh Sangwan's defeat in the Gohana constituency.

''The BJP had reposed great faith and trust in me by giving the party ticket to my son. Since I could not come up to their expectations and failed to ensure the party victory in Gohana, I felt that I should resign from the national executive,'' he said.

In Gohana, Congress candidate Jagbir Malik romped home with the highest ever margin in the constituency since the inception of the Haryana state. Mr Malik defeated his nearest INLD nominee K C Bangar, former Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) chairman, by a margin of 22,162 votes.

BJP's Pardeep Singh Sangwan, who was making big claims of trouncing the Congress in the bypoll, was reduced to the fourth position with 5,446.

Veteran HJC leader and Bhajan Lal's close confidant Dharam Pal Malik, who was seeking re-election from Gohana, finished poor fifth with 51,47 votes.

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