Amritsar, Nov 29: Gobind Singh Longowal won the presidential post in Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) election, defeating Amrik Singh by a margin of 15 votes. While Gobind Singh Longowal received 169 votes, Amrik Singh got 154. Gobind Singh Longowal has been the vice president of Punjab’s Shrimoni Akali Dal party for the last 10 years.

Gobind Singh Longowal began her political career with Sant Harchand Singh Longowal. He was elected an MLA from Dhnola constituency in 1985, 1997 and 2002. He held the portfolio of Irrigation Ministry in Prakash Singh Bal-led government.

Longowal was elected from Dhuri assembly seat in the by-polls held in 2015. The by-poll was necessitated after sitting Congress MLA Arvind Khanna resigned as a legislator in January this year. He is a former chairman of the Sangrur district planning board.

Ahead of the SGPC election, its members gave all rights to the SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal to choose the next president of the body. The Akali Dal controls the apex gurdwara body owing to its majority in its general house. But the election was held after an objection was raised over Longowal’s direct selection for the post. Subsequently, voting took place.