Akali Dal-Sant Samaj sweep SGPC elections

Chandigarh: Claiming victory on 157 seats, ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) said that it along with its alliance partner Sant Samaj would have no difficulty in electing the next president in the just concluded Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) elections.

President Akali Dal, Sukhbir Badal, who is also deputy chief minister said the results clearly demonstrated the support the party has among the people.

“We intend to repeat the performance in the general assembly polls,” Sukhbir Badal told reporters after the results unofficially became known.

SAD spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema claimed the results showed that Sikhs have rejected congress supported Panthic Morcha completely.

Polling for 170 seats spread over Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh was held on Sunday. Violence was reported from many places during the poll that recorded 63% polling.

The results would be officially announced to the SGPC general assembly on Thursday.

Punjab congress president Amarinder Singh said that SAD had used brutal muscle power in days preceding the SGPC election for browbeating the voters.

In Haryana, SGPC adhoc president Jagdish Singh Jhinda is said to have lost his seat in Karnal.

SAD (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann who contested the election from Bassi Pathana constituency is said to have lost the election.

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