Punjab exit poll results: Congress has upper hand as debutant AAP fails to win big

If the exit polls are any indicator, Congress' Captain Amarinder Singh would return as the chief minister of the state if the party is able to cobble together the numbers.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:March 9, 2017 9:27 pm
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As exit poll results started pouring in on Thursday, it seemed evident that Punjab Congress had an upper hand over Aam Aadmi Party in the state’s keenly-contested assembly polls. The exit polls released today predicted a huge setback for the SAD-BJP combine, which has been ruling the state for almost a decade. The polls also said the alliance might not even get into double-digits due to a multiplicity of factors, which includes anti-incumbency.

If the exit polls are any indicator, Congress’ Captain Amarinder Singh would return as the chief minister of the state if the party is able to cobble together the numbers. It will take 59 seats to win majority in the 117-seat Punjab Assembly. The state, for the first time, saw such a fiercely contested triangular fight for the 117 seat Assembly. This is also a crucial election for the BJP as it credibility was massively hit as a pro-development party owing to the controversies surrounding ruling allies Shiromani Akali Dal.

India Today’s Axis exit polls gave 42-51 to Aam Aadmi Party, while it gave 62-71 seats to the Congress. India TV-C Voter gave 41-49 for the Congress, while 59-67 seats went to the AAP. India News-MRC and News 24-Chanakya predicted a neck-and-neck fight giving 55 to the Congress and 54 to the AAP. In almost all polls, the ruling Akali Dal-BJP combine was reduced to a single-digit tally. However, defying the exit poll results, the SAD-BJP alliance said it is confident of defying the pollsters “like in 2012”, when it proved the surveys wrong.

State Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has claimed the alliance can put together 72 seats to win, while Amarinder Singh claimed Congress would win 65 seat. Meanwhile, AAP expressed confidence of netting around 100. The state went to polls in single phase on February 4 and recorded 78.60 per cent polling against 78.57 per cent in the 2012 polls. 1,145 candidates are in the fray, 81 of whom are female and one transgender.

An election office spokesperson said today that the counting of votes will take place on Saturday (March 11) for which all necessary preparations have been made.

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    Sood IML
    Mar 9, 2017 at 4:24 pm
    In these elections AAP's means Khujli will get big bamboo in the back, may be Goa or Panjab.Aaptards will be found hiding in s.
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      IML sood
      Mar 9, 2017 at 6:51 pm
      What will happen to AAP and their tall claims. Their dreamland stands shattered. A defeat of Khujli joker at the hand of immature Pappu will hit them hard. Party is sure to get astray in Panjab.
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        Cleanermirror
        Mar 9, 2017 at 5:06 pm
        Punjabi's ought to be "HIGH" for them to elect Pappu's party
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          Col S
          Mar 9, 2017 at 7:35 pm
          AAP victory in PANJAB is necessary to GET BACK Rs 12000 crore FOOD GRAIN stolen by the GOVERNMENT and PUT AN END to LOOT OF COUNTRY by BJP and CONGRESS colluding . All the noise by them is to FOOL public.. Democracy has been MURDERED and reduced to government for the rich, privileged and thieves. CAG, PAC and CBI have been made REDUNDANT.
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            talwar
            Mar 9, 2017 at 4:23 pm
            why is congress winning over there when that party orchestrated sikh killings of 1984
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              Toni
              Mar 9, 2017 at 6:59 pm
              Congress is the looter party and right behind is BJP. The only hope is AAP party who can save India from corrupt politician.
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                L bhadrapati Devi
                Mar 9, 2017 at 4:05 pm
                Why AAP noise be converted into vote?
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                  L bhadrapati Devi
                  Mar 9, 2017 at 4:06 pm
                  a correction. Why aaptard noise can't be converted into vote?
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