Sukhbir wins in Jalalabad, Akali Dal sweeps Punjab by-polls

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Chandigarh, Aug 6 (ANI): Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal registered a thumping victory in the Jalalabad constituency in Ferozpur district on Thursday as his party swept all three seats in a by election to the Punjab assembly.

Badal defeated his nearest rival former Minister Hans Raj Joshan of the Congress, by over 80,000 votes.

Earlier, Badal had resigned from the post of Punjab's Deputy Chief Minister, after he failed to make it to the assembly in the prescribed six month duration.

The victory in Jalalabad could see for Badal as Deputy Chief Minister again.

Akali Dal candidate Jasjit Singh Bunny, the son of former state Cooperation Minister Kanwaljit Singh, won the Banur assembly seat in Mohali district by over 20,000 votes. Sewa Singh Sekhwan won by over 12,000 votes from the Kahnuwan assembly seat in Gurdaspur district.

"This is a victory of the people of Jalalabad, and I thank them for the faith they reposed in me," said Badal after his victory.

Badal said "I am serving the party. I will accept whatever responsibility they give to me." (ANI)

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