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Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu

WON: Navjot Singh Sidhu, who after several flip-flops had joined the Congress party, contested the Amritsar East seat against Rajesh Kumar Honey of BJP. After establishing a significant lead in the Punjab Assembly polls, Sidhu claimed this to be ‘just the beginning’, adding that the state will serve as an example to others on good governance.
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Assembly elections 2017: Top winners and losers

The Bharatiya Janata Party registered a stupenedous victory in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, signalling a tectonic shift in the nation’s politics. Meanwhile, the Congress brushed aside the Aam Aadmi Party and the Akali Dal-BJP combine in Punjab as officials counted the millions of votes polled in five Assembly polls. The Congress and the BJP were locked in a close battle in Manipur and in Goa.

Meanwhile, here are the top losers and winners across the five Assembly elections:

WON: Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh of the Congress won in Thoubal constituency, defeating rights activist and PRJA (Peoples’ Resurgence and Justice Alliance) party nominee Irom Sharmila, who got fewer than 100 votes. The three-time Chief Minister won comfortably with over 15,000 votes. Leitanthem Basanta Singh of BJP came second in the votes.

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LOST: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Saturday lost from both the Haridwar (Rural) and Kichcha seats, as the ruling Congress was handed a humiliating drubbing by the BJP in the hill state. Rawat lost the Haridwar by 12,000 votes and the Kichcha seats. His defeat comes as the Congress state unit president Kishore Upadhyay conceded defeat. The BJP is leading in over 55 seats in the state.

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LOST: Mulayam Singh Yadav’s daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav trails Rita Joshi in Lucknow Cant seat. She is contesting against Bharatiya Janata Party’s Rita Bahuguna Joshi in her debut into politics.

Here are the biggest winners and losers, from all states and parties, in the Assembly elections:

(Inputs from – IANS; Images – Getty and IANS)

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