Congress routed in Punjab & Uttarakhand

via HK published on February 27, 2007

NEW DELHI : The Akali Dal- BJP today stormed to power in Punjab while the BJP alone scored a morale-boosting win in Uttarakhand in the assembly polls, dealing major blows to an already besieged Congress ahead of the politically decisive Uttar Pradesh ballot.


Tens of thousands of jubilant Akali Dal and BJP supporters celebrated the twin victories all over Punjab and Uttarakhand as the Congress struggled to remain ahead of the pack in Manipur, where voters seemed intent on throwing up another hung assembly.


A jubilant Parkash Singh Badal, 80, was set to become the chief minister of Punjab for the fourth time at the head of an Akali Dal-BJP coalition, having led a bitter battle for electoral power against a determined Congress.


Another bad news for the Congress was the easy victory of BJP’s Navjot Singh Siddhu in the by-election from the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat that got vacant after he quit following his conviction in a road rage case. Siddhu won by over 100,000 votes, defeating Punjab Finance Minister Surinder Singla.

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