Punjab cabinet minister and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sunday compared the Congress’ victory in the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll to winning a Test cricket match by an innings and said it would have a demoralising effect on the BJP-SAD combine
Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar won the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll by vanquishing his closest opponent, BJP candidate Swaran Salaria with an edge of 1,93,219 votes. Jakhar polled 4,99,752 votes while Salaria polled 3,06,533, a decision official said.
Sidhu stated, “This win is a major slap on the face of jija-sala (Sukhbir Badal-Bikram Majithia). Today, the BJP will feel that the Akali Dal in Punjab, particularly the jija-sala, have turned into a weight.”
“Time and again people have reprimanded them and sent them back,” he said, adding the Akalis were like an albatross around the BJP’s neck
Sidhu, who changed over to Congress from the BJP just before the Punjab Assembly surveys, stated, “We have sent a lovely Diwali blessing pressed with red lace to our (Congress) would-be president Rahul Gandhi since it sets the tone… It will be a jolt for the Congress.”
“This win isn’t little, this is colossal. Whenever a (cricket) team loses by five runs or by a narrow margin, despite everything it confronts put a battle in another challenge. Yet, when some individual loses by 400 runs or endures an innings overcome, it crushes the spirit.
“It is an innings crush for them (SAD-BJP join). It is a debilitating annihilation for them, it has asked them to take a hike,” he said.
On the way that the Congress’ win in Gurdaspur bypoll would not have much effect to the NDA count in the Lok Sabha numerically, Sidhu stated, “The mental scars will remain because it is a mental game.” distraction.”
He gave credit of Congress’ victory in the bypoll to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh the party’s senior leadership and the workers.
Alleging that the SAD-BJP combine had done nothing for the development of Gurdaspur region Sidhu said, “We (Congress) need at least one or two years to bring in development.”