Counting on at Gidderbaha and Bhatinda. PPP chief Manpreet Badal is contesting from this seat.
Early trends: Cong leading in 5 seats, SAD+ in 1, Others in 1
In the last election SAD had won 50 seats, Congress 42, BJP 19 and independents 6.
Congress is contesting all 117 seats, SAD 94 and BJP 23.
The fate of 1,078 candidates, including 93 women and 417 independents, will be decided today
The counting for the 117-seat Punjab Assembly begins.
Elections 2012: Counting begins in all five states – Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Punjab, Manipur and Goa
Punjab: Counting begins in 10 minutes. Both SAD+ and the Congress are likely to lose votes compared to the last Assembly election in 2007
According to the Election Commission, a total of 626 cases of paid news were reported during the just-concluded assembly polls, of which 523 suspected cases were reported from Punjab alone and notices were issued in 339 cases.
Punjab topped in the number of cases of paid news reported from five states that went to polls with candidates in 201 instances in the state admitting to the charge.