Jalandhar West by-election became a battle of prestige for AAP, Bhagwant Mann himself took charge

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Mann has been camping in Jalandhar for the past few weeks. He has even rented a house in the city to ensure the victory of AAP candidate Mohinder Bhagat. Almost the entire cabinet of the party and every MLA are campaigning in the constituency to boost the morale of the cadre who were disappointed after the Lok Sabha results.

Encouraged by its Lok Sabha defeat in Punjab, the AAP, led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, is leaving no stone unturned to win the Jalandhar (West) bypoll scheduled for July 10. With Bhagwant at the helm, the AAP has turned the bypoll into a prestige battle. Mann has been camping in Jalandhar for the past few weeks. He has even rented a house in the city to ensure the victory of AAP candidate Mohinder Bhagat. Almost the entire cabinet of the party and every MLA are campaigning in the constituency to boost the morale of the cadre who were disappointed after the Lok Sabha results.

Despite claiming to win all 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab, AAP won only three seats. Congress won seven seats, while Shiromani Akali Dal got one seat. Two seats were won by independents. Jalandhar (West) bypoll was announced after AAP MLA Sheetal Angural from the constituency resigned and joined the BJP. Mann is handling the campaign of AAP’s Mohinder Bhagat. He is conducting road shows and meetings with the public and industrialists to win the seat.

He has even said that he will stay in Jalandhar for three more days after the polling to ensure that people of Majha and Doaba region do not have to go to Chandigarh for their problems. Congress has fielded five-time councillor Surinder Kaur. For the party, state chief Amarinder Singh Raja Waring and Leader of Opposition Pratap Bajwa have led the campaign.

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