Jakhar, a sitting MP from Punjab’s Gurdaspur Parliamentary Seat had to taste defeat on May 23 with over 75,000 votes. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Candidate and actor-turned-politician Sunny Deol bag the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha Seat. Deol in the recently held polls secured 5,51,177 votes against 4,74,168 of Congress’s Sunil Jakhar.
Punjab Congress Chief Sunil Jakhar offers to resign from his post after he lost elections from Gurdaspur. (File pic) pic.twitter.com/75dFjwzBTw
— ANI (@ANI) May 27, 2019
Gurdaspur Lok Sabha Seat in the past has been represented actor Vinod Khanna in the past many times from 1998 to 2017. Khanna passed away in April 2017. Later in by-polls of 2017, Congress Sunil Jakhar defeated BJP’s Swaran Salaria.
Punjab is among very few states where Congress performed better that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Alliance. With over 40% vote share, Congress in the state bagged 8 Lok Sabha Seats out of 13 seats in the state. While 2 seats bag by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
In the meanwhile, Congress State Chiefs of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Odisha, and Karnataka have also offered to resign. Reportedly, Congress President Rahul Gandhi also offered his resignation during Party’s Working Committee meeting which was unanimously got rejected.
The Congress won 52 seats in the recently held polls, which is only 8 more than it got in 2014 national polls. It has also lost some of its strongholds across the country including Rahul Gandhi’s Amethi in Uttar Pradesh and Jyotiraditya Scindia‘s Guna in Madhya Pradesh.