As it happened | Punjab Election Results: Congress 'revives' with huge victory, AAP comes second

Chandigarh/New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 11 March 2017, 11:32 PM
Top Congress leaders after victory in Punjab (source; Getty)
Top Congress leaders after victory in Punjab (source; Getty)

The counting of votes in Punjab concluded for 117 assembly seats at 54 centres in 27 locations of the state which witnessed massive majority for Congress while exit of ruling SAD-BJP alliance.

The debutant AAP also failed to perform but yet emerged as the second largest party in the state with 20 seats.  Among VIP candidates, Captain Amarinder Singh, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Parkash Singh won their constituencies.  

Earlier, all exit polls had unanimously predicted a drubbing for the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP combine. However, it is now clear that Congress is going to rule the state for the next five years. See what the exit poll had predicted-

As it happened-

#7:30 PM

Counting of votes concludes in Punjab. Here is the final tally of seats: Congress- 77, AAP- 20, SAD-BJP alliance- 18 (15+3), Others- 2 

#5:40 PM

Latest update: Congress ahead on 77 seats, AAP comes next with 20 seats. SAD-BJP alliance trailing behind with 18 seats. 

#4:55 PM

Congress VP Rahul Gandhi congratulates voters of Punjab, calls mandate fruitful for the future of Punjab. 

#4:15 PM

Captain Amrinder Singh responds back to PM Modi's congratulatory message, says looking forward to work with you. 

#3:56 PM

Latest update: Congress wins 67 seats till now. AAP on number 2 with 20 seats in its kitty. BJP-SAD alliance trailing with 17 seats. 

#03:43 PM 

AAP's Bhagwant Mann loses to SAD's Sukhbir Singh Badal from Jalalabad seat.

#03:32 PM

Congress registers victory at 76 seats, AAP get 23 while SAD gets 18 seats till now. 

 #02:55 PM

-Congress leads with 75 seats, SAD with 18 seats and AAP in 24 seats

#02: 27 PM

-PM Narendra Narendra Modi speaks to Captain Amarinder Singh, congratulates him on the win in Punjab 

#01:18 PM

-Congress leads with 75 seats, SAD with 18 seats and AAP in 24 seats

#01: 49 PM

-Congress leads with 77 seats, SAD with 17 seats and AAP in 25 seats

#01:14 PM

-Congress leads with 77 seats, SAD with 16 seats and AAP in 25 seats

#01:08 PM

-We will discuss the reasons in the core committee meeting & analyse each aspect of our performance in the elections: Prakash Singh Badal-ANI

#01:02 PM

-Congress leads with 75 seats, SAD with 16 seats and AAP in 25 seats

#12:42 PM

-Navjot Singh Sidhu wins from Amritsar (East) by a margin of over 42,000 votes

#12:31 PM

-Parkash Singh Badal wins Lambi seat, defeats Amarinder Singh by 20,000 votes

#12: 29 PM

-CLP Meeting has been called on Sunday at 2 PM: Captain Amarinder Singh, Congress-ANI

#12:04 PM

-Captain Amarinder Singh wins Patiala seat by a margin of over 51000 votes

#12:01 PM

-This is the revival of the Congress, it is just the beginning. Congress will spread from here: Navjot Singh Sidhu-ANI

#11:59 AM

-Congress leads with 75 seats, SAD with 17 seats and AAP in 25 seats

#11:45 AM

-Congress leads with 72 seats, SAD with 18 seats and AAP in 27 seats

#11: 22AM

-Congress leads with 70 seats, SAD with 19 seats and AAP in 27 seats

#11:09 AM

-Congress leads with 64 seats, SAD with 20 seats and AAP in 27 seats

#11:02 AM

-Captain Amarinder Singh leads from Patiala 

#10:53 AM

-Congress leads with 64 seats, SAD with 24 seats and AAP in 27 seats

#10:52 AM

-Congress leads with 63, SAD with 26 seats and AAP in 27 seats

#10:27 AM

-Congress leads with 63, SAD with 27 seats and AAP in 26 seats 

#10:18AM

-Congress leads with 60, SAD with 25 seats and AAP in 22 seats 

#10:14 AM

-Congress leads with 60, SAD with 24 seats and AAP in 22 seats 

#10:05 AM

-Congress leads with 55, SAD with 24 seats and AAP in 22 seats 

#9:55 AM

-Congress leads with 55, SAD with 24 seats and AAP in 22 seats 

# 9:51 AM

AAP candidate Bhagwant Mann leads from Jalalabad while congress l;eader Navjot singh ahead in Amritsar 

#9:47 AM

-Congress leads with 56, SAD with 16 seats and AAP in 23 seats 

#9:41 AM

-Congress leads with 44, SAD with 18 and AAP in 23 seats 

# 9:37 AM

-Congress leads with 36, SAD with 15 and AAP in 17 seats 

#9:30 AM

-Congress leads with 34 seats 

# 9:26 AM

-Congress leads with 31 seats 

#9: 22 AM

-SAD leads with 12 seats while AAP 15 seats 

#9:11 AM

-Congress leads with 25 seats 

#9:07 AM

-Congress leads with 24 seats, AAP in 14 seats & SAD with 7 seats

#9:05 AM

-Congress leads with 23 seats while AAP in 13 seats

#9:01 AM

-Congress leads with 22 seats 

#8:58 AM

-Congress leads with 19 seats while AAP in 12 seats 

#8:53 AM

Punjab official EC trends: SAD 2, Congress 1 and AAP 1 

#8:51 AM

-AAP leads with 10 seats 

# 8:48 AM

-Parkash Singh badal leads from Lambi constituency, Amarinder trails 

#8:46 AM

-AAP leads with 8 seats 

#8:43 AM

-AAP leads with 7 seats 

#8: 39AM

-Congress leads with 15 seats, AAP on 5 seats

#8:36 AM

-Parkash Singh Badal leads in his constituency 

#8:34 AM

-Congress leads in 12 seats 

#8:31 AM

-AAP lead in 2 seats 

#8: 29AM

- Congress-2, SAD-1 lead in vote count 


Top candidates to watch out for

Captain Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu from Congress, Shiromani Akali Dal's Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Singh Badal and AAP's Bhagwant Mann are the key candidates in the Punjab assembly elections. However, the active participation by the Delhi chief minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal has fueled speculations that he will have a major roll to play if AAP gets near the majority mark. 


More than 14,000 officials have been deployed at the counting centers, where tight security arrangements have been made to ensure that the exercise is completed peacefully.


Unauthorised persons would not be allowed to enter the counting centers. Nobody, barring the election observers, would be allowed to carry mobile phones there, the spokesman said.


Despite the exit polls predicting a total rout for the ruling SAD-BJP alliance, which is targeting a third term in the state, 89-year-old Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal claimed the combine will win 72 seats.


State Congress chief Amarinder Singh claimed his party would emerge victorious on 65 seats, while the AAP was confident of bagging close to 100 seats.

The state went to polls in single phase on February 4 and recorded 78.60 per cent polling as against 78.57 per cent voter turnout in 2012.
As many as 1,145 candidates are in the fray, 81 of whom are female and one transgender.

The SAD contested 94 seats and its ally BJP 23. The Congress contested all the seats. The AAP and its ally Lok Insaf Party, led by the Bains brothers of Ludhiana, are fighting on 112 and 5 seats respectively.

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First Published: Saturday, March 11, 2017 06:37 AM
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