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

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

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

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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