'The bypoll outcome has laid the foundation stone of an unprecedented SAD-BJP win in the 2017 Vidhan Sabha elections,' the five-time Chief Minister said.
    
The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today won the bypoll to Khadoor Sahib Assembly seat, with party candidate Ravinder Singh Brahmpura defeating his nearest Independent rival Bhupinder Singh by a margin of 65,664 votes.
    
Main opposition parties Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had stayed out of the contest. 'This is also a forceful mandate against politics of negative and destructive ideas and forces who had sought to destabilise Punjab and hamper its progress through their anti-peace and anti-Punjab activities in recent times,' Badal said in a statement issued here.
    
The Chief Minister said that he was 'surprised' by the stand of the Congress and other opposition parties alleging that they stayed away from the bye-election on the ground that it would not result in a change in government in the state.
    
The people have punished them for abandoning the holy town of Khadoor Sahib merely for cheap political and selfish interests, he said.

 

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