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Punjab Assembly Elections: Congress wins big, Captain Amarinder Singh to be chief minister

Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh addresses the media in Chandigarh on March 11. Photograph: (AFP)

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 11, 2017, 03.24 AM (IST)

The Congress came back to power winning 77 seats in the 117-member state assembly riding a strong anti-incumbency wave against the ruling SAD-BJP combine which won just 18 seats. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party, which debuted in Punjab for the first time, picked up just 22 seats although many exit polls had predicted AAP to finish on top.

The Congress was just one short of 78 -- the figure required for two-thirds majority in the assembly.

With Congress victory quite apparent, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, who defeated Congress' chief ministerial candidate Captain Amarinder Singh in Lambi, decided to resign. 

"Tomorrow I will submit my resignation to the governor," Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal told reporters.

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal won from Jalalabad, defeating AAP's Bhagwant Mann. His brother-in-law, Punjab cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia won from Majitha.

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Congress was riding the victory wave led by Captain Amarinder Singh who won from Patiala urban assembly seat by a margin of over 51,000 votes, beating Akali's General JJ Singh.

Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu won from Amritsar East, beating his BJP and AAP rivals by a huge margin.

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Counting of votes for the high- stakes assembly elections in UP, Punjab, Manipur, Goa & Uttarkhand have begun. Here's the latest update and ground-report analysis. (WION)

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Congress candidate and former Indian hockey captain Pargat Singh retained his Jalandhar Cantt seat by defeating Akali candidate Sarabjit Singh Makkar by 29,124 votes.

Pargat, an Olympian, polled 59,349 votes while SAD candidate got 30,225 votes. AAP candidate Harkrishan Singh Walia got 25,912 votes. Pargat had won the 2012 assembly polls on a SAD ticket. Last year, Pargat switched over to Congress after he raised a banner of revolt against the Akali Dal.

From Dakha, AAP candidate and noted Supreme Court lawyer H S Phoolka won, defeating his nearest rival Akali candidate Manpreer Singh Ayali by 4,169 votes.

From Dirba, AAP candidate Harpal Cheema defeated Congress candidate Ajaib Singh by 1,645 votes and from Garhshankar, AAP candidate won by 1,650 votes by trouncing SAD candidate Surinder Singh.

In Jaitu, AAP candidate Baldev Singh defeated Congress candidate Mohammad Sadique by 9,993 votes.From Abohar seat, BJP candidate Arun Narang defeated Congress candidate and party's senior leader Sunil Jakhar by 3,279 votes.

Former Punjab CM and Congress candidate Rajinder Kaur Bhattal was defeated by Akali candidate and cabinet minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa by 26,815 votes.

BJP candidate Tarun Chugh was defeated by Congress candidate O P Soni from Amritsar Central by margin of 21,116 votes.

Congress candidate Kanwarpal Singh won Anandpur Sahib seat by defeating his nearest rival BJP's Parminder Sharma with a margin of 23,881 votes.

The seat was earlier held by cabinet minister Madan Mohan Mittal of the BJP. Congress candidate Kanwar Pal Singh polled 60,800 votes while BJP candidate Parminder Sharma got 36,919 votes from Anandpur Sahib.

Aam Aadmi Party candidate Sanjeev Gautam secured 30,304 votes from this segment.

From Jalandhar-West, Congress candidate Sushil Kumar Rinku defeated Mahinder Pal Bhagat, who is BJP candidate and son of Cabinet Minister Chunni Lal Bhagat with a margin of 17,334 votes. Rinku polled 53,983 votes while Bhagat got 36,649 votes.

AAP candidate Darshan Lal Bhagat secured 15,364 votes. From Bholath, AAP candidate Sukhpal Khaira won with a margin of 8,202 votes by defeating SAD candidate Yuvraj Bhupinder Singh.Khaira polled 48,873 votes while Yuvraj got 40,671 votes. From Chabbewal seat, Congress candidate Raj Kumar won by a margin of 29,261 votes as he defeated his nearest rival SAD candidate Sohan Singh Thandal.Raj secured 57,857 votes while Thandal got 28,596 votes. However, AAP's Raman Kumar won 20,505 votes.

From Fatehgarh Sahib, Congress candidate Kuljit Singh Nagra defeated SAD candidate Didar Singh Bhatti by a margin of 23,867 votes.Nagra polled 58,205 votes while Didar got 34,338 votes. AAP's Lakhvir Singh secured 29,393 votes.

In Bhadaur, AAP candidate Pirmal Singh Dhaula defeated SAD candidate Balvir Singh Ghunas by 20,784 votes.From Jalandhar North, Congress candidate Avtar Singh Junior defeated BJP candidate K D Bhandari with a margin of 32,291 votes.

In Ludhiana Central, Congress candidate Surinder Dawar defeated BJP candidate Gurdev Sharma by 20,480 votes. From Pathankot, Congress nominee Amit defeated BJP candidate Ashwani Kumar by 11,170 votes.
In Rupnagar, AAP candidate Amarjit Singh Sandoa defeated Congress candidate Brinder Singh Dhillon by 23,707 votes.

From Tarn Taran, Congress candidate Dharambir Agnihotri defeated SAD candidate Harmeet Singh by 14,629 votes while from Amloh, Congress candidate Randeep Singh defeated SAD candidate Gurpreet Singh by 3,946 votes. 

Congress candidate Kanwarpal Singh won the Anandpur Sahib seat by defeating his nearest BJP rival Parminder Sharma by a margin of 23,881 votes. The seat was earlier held by cabinet minister Madan Mohan Mittal of BJP.

Counting of votes opened in Punjab this morning with the state witnessing a three-way fight between the Congress, BJP, its ally Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Aam Admi Party(AAP).

(WION)

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