New Delhi, Aug 25 (Bureau) Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) won the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (DSGMC) elections, winning 27 of the total 46 seats. However, SAD leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa, the incumbent president of the DSGMC, has lost the election from Punjabi Bagh. Mr Sirsa lost by 525 votes to Harvinder Singh Sarna, who represented the SAD (Delhi) faction. “We feel humbled and blessed to win 27 seats out of 46 in DSGMC elections. This win is the victory of Delhi’s Sangat.
We bow our heads to the honour bestowed upon Shiromani Akali Dal by the Sangat of Delhi,” former Rajouri Garden MLA Sirsa tweeted after the result. The voting for the election was held on Sunday (August 22) for 46 seats and a turnout 37.27 per cent voter turnout was recorded. There were a total of 312 candidates, including 132 independents. Talking to UNI, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said Delhi always impacts Punjab politics. This results shows that SAD will come to power in Punjab. “BJP, Congress, AAP none could damage our position. We are thankful for the support of the Sikh Sangat,” he said. “DSGMC poll verdict is Sikh quom’s referendum on @Akali_Dal_’s Panthic identity and commitment,” SAD chief tweeted: ” Profoundly humbled & touched to receive ashirwad of Akal Purkh, great Guru Sahiban & Shri Guru Granth Sahib Maharaj. Deeply grateful to Sikh Sangat across the world for blessings,” Singh added. The main parties who contested the elections were Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), Manjit Singh GK’s Jago Party and Paramjit Singh Sarna-headed Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi).