AAP loses to SAD (Amritsar)’s Simranjit Singh Mann in Punjab bypoll

Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) candidate Simranjit Singh Mann won bypoll in Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s stronghold Sangrur with a margin of over 5,000 votes.

The bypoll had witnessed a low turnout of 45.30 percent as against 72.44 per cent polling in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and 76.71 in 2014.

Simranjit Singh Mann beat his AAP rival Gurmail Singh by a margin of over 5,800 votes, after a close fight between the two.

The 77-year-old is a former MP and the president of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) – not related to the larger Shiromani Akali Dal. He was last elected from the same seat in 1999.

Simranjit Singh Mann had the backing of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala who was shot dead by gangsters last month.