Gurdaspur bypoll: Congress's Sunil Jakhar wins, says voters have rejected PM Modi's policies

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 15, 2017, 06.53 AM(IST)

'People of Gurdaspur have sent a strong message of their resentment to policies pursued by Modiji-led Centre,' Jakhar said.? Photograph:( ANI )

The Congress's Sunil Jakhar has won the Gurdaspur bypoll by close to two lakh votes. 

The BJP came in second, and the AAP third. 

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Counting began this morning. The bypoll -- necessitated by the death of the BJP's Vinod Khanna -- took place on October 11. 

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The Gurdaspur bypoll is being seen as a referendum on Punjab's six-month-old Congress government. 

Jakhar himself had billed the bypoll as a referendum on the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre and its policies. 

"People of Gurdaspur have sent a strong message of their resentment to policies pursued by Modiji-led Centre," ANI reported Jakhar as saying. 

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