It was a day of mixed fortunes for the Congress on Sunday. While the party was jubilant over its electoral victories in Punjab and Kerala bypolls, in Himachal Pradesh it received a jolt with former union minister Sukh Ram and his son and sitting state minister Anil Sharma, switching loyalties to the BJP.
Interestingly, the Congress is in a jubilant mood after the two massive bypoll wins. Many leaders have started openly saying that this is the beginning of the downfall of the BJP.
In Punjab, the Congress trounced the BJP by winning the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat with a margin of 1,93,219. Sunil Jhakhar, Punjab Congress chief and the Congress candidate from Gurdaspur wrested the seat from the BJP. Sitting MP of the BJP Vinod Khanna had passed away and the seat had fallen vacant.
Speaking to reporters after the victory in Gurdaspur, Punjab minister and actor-turned- politician Navjot Singh Sidhu said, “This (victory) is a big slap on the face of jija-saala (SAD chief Sukhbir Badal and his brother-in-law Bikram Singh Majithia). Today BJP will realise that Akali Dal in Punjab has become a burden. Time and again people have reprimanded them. It will be demoralising and send them (SAD-BJP) packing.”