Gurdaspur bypoll result: Congress' Sunil Jakhar wins by 1,93,219 votes
The Congress won a decisive mandate in the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll with its candidate Sunil Jakhar romping home by over 1,90,000 votes. The counting of votes began at 8 am and the results.
The bypoll, held on October 11, is seen as a barometer for the popularity of the six-month-old Congress government in the state.
The Gurdaspur parliamentary seat has nine assembly segments -- Bhoa, Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Dinanagar, Qadian, Fathegarh Churian, Dera Baba Nanak, Sujanpur and Batala.
Counting centres have been set up at Sukhjindra College Gurdaspur for the six assembly constituencies and for the rest three constituencies of Pathankot district, it has been set up at the SD College in Pathankot.
The seat was contested by Congress's Punjab unit chief Sunil Jakhar, BJP's Swaran Salaria and AAP's Major General (retd) Suresh Khajuria.
Here are the highlights.
01:14 pm: Punjab CM Capt.Amarinder Singh believes Gurdaspur bypoll victory is a major step in the revival of the Congress
12:57 pm: Congress candidate wins Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypolls
12:30 pm: Sign of changing times and end of Jumlas! Congress adds one more Lok Sabha seat under the leadership of Rahul ji !: Randeep S Surjewala
12:23 pm: Congress workers and leaders celebrate as party leads by more than 1 lakh votes
12:00 pm: This is a beautiful Diwali gift, packed with a red ribbon, for our would be party president Rahul Gandhi: Navjot Sidhu
11:24 am: People of Gurdaspur have sent a strong message of their resentment to policies pursued by Modi Ji led Centre, says Sunil Jakhar
10:26 am: Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar now leads by 1,08,230 votes. Counting underway.
09:29 am: After completion of first round of Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll, Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar extends lead, is now leading by 42718 votes
09:28 am: Early trends show that Congress is leading in Gurdaspur LS bypoll, BJP second and AAP third.
08:56 am: The fate of 11 candidates will be decided by 12 in the afternoon.
08:47 am: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced a complete prohibition on sale and supply of liquor in Gurdaspur.
08:30 am: Counting of votes in the Gurdaspur by elections have begun.