Election Victories Shock India

Bhai Amritpal Singh, chief of Waris Punjab De, won the Khadoor Sahib Lok Sabha seat in Punjab’s 2024 general elections while incarcerated in Dibrugarh Central Jail, Assam. Detained under the National Security Act since April 2023, Singh contested as an independent candidate after initially hesitating but agreeing due to community insistence.

Despite being unable to campaign personally, Bhai Amritpal Singh secured a decisive victory. His campaign, run by supporters, focused on tackling Punjab’s drug problem, guiding the youth back to sikhi and releasing incarcerated Sikh activists. This victory is seen as a testament to the enduring appeal of Panthic politics in Punjab.

Another Sikh panthic candidate, Sarabjeet Singh Khalsa, son of one of Indira Gandhi’s assassins, won the Faridkot seat, further highlighting the shift in Punjab’s political dynamics.

Bhai Amritpal Singh’s incarceration presents challenges for his role as an MP. He has requested temporary release to take his oath, but this requires court permission. As of June 25, 2024, Singh was unable to attend the oath-taking ceremony in the Lok Sabha, where the other 12 newly elected Punjab MPs were sworn in.

Sikh Activist wins election while incarcerated in a high security Indian Jail for false charges

Bhai Amritpal Singh won the Khadoor Sahib by a margin of 1,97,120 votes overCongress candidate. While Sarabjeet Singh Khalsa won in Faridkot by 70,053 over AAP’s candidate. Both Bhai Amritpal Singh and Sarabjeet Singh Khalsa contested the polls as independent candidates.

Bhai Amritpal Singh, who is the chief of Waris Punjab De, contested the election as an independent candidate from jail, where he is being held under the National Security Act (NSA) since his arrest in April 2023. He was arrested for guiding the youth back to the grass roots of Sikhi, addressing the ramped drug epidemic by stopping the sale of drugs in villages. Bhai Amritpal Singh was initially reluctant to contest the polls but changed his mind after insistence from the sangat. 

Bhai Amritpal Singh,  has won the Khadoor Sahib Lok Sabha seat in Punjab. While being incarcerated in Dibrugarh Central Jail, Assam. This expected victory  came during the 2024 Indian general elections, marking a significant moment in Punjab’s political landscape. The election results showed Singh securing a decisive victory. This victory is particularly notable given that Bhai Sahib was unable to campaign personally due to his incarceration.

Bhai Amritpal Singh’s campaign focused on several key issues resonating with a segment of Punjab’s population, including tackling the state’s drug problem, securing the release of bands Singhs currently incarcerated, and safeguarding Sikh identity. His victory has been seen as an indication of the enduring appeal of Panthic  politics in Panjab.

Notably, another Sikh Panthic candidate , Sarabjeet Singh Khalsa, son of one of Indira Gandhi’s assassins, also won the Faridkot seat. These victories shows the need for a political dynamic shift in Punjab. These election results have significant implications for Punjab’s political landscape.

Singh’s election while in jail presents unique challenges. He has reportedly written to the Punjab government seeking temporary release to take his oath as an MP, but the process requires court permission. As of June 25, 2024, Singh was unable to attend the oath-taking ceremony in the Lok Sabha, where the other 12 newly elected MPs from Punjab took their oaths.