The Congress, which was banking on anti-incumbency factor to ride to power, won only 46 seats, only marginally higher than the 42 it got last time. Three others were won by independents.
Punjab: The newly-elected MLAs of the party to meet at 10 am in Chandigarh on March 8 while the party’s core committee would meet at 6 pm on the same day, SAD spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema said.
Punjab party positions: SAD+ 68; Cong 46; PPP 0; Other 3
Former Punjab Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal retains Lehra Assembly seat by a margin of 3,355 votes defeating her nearest rival Sukhwant Singh of Shiromani Akali Dal.
People’s Party of Punjab chief and four-time MLA Manpreet Singh Badal loses from Gidderbaha and Maur assembly seats.
Punjab: The SAD will now decide on electing its leader and the next chief ministerial candidate will be announced after due consultations with the leadership of its ally, the BJP.
SAD-BJP alliance attains majority in Punjab. The combine wins 62 out of total 117 Assembly seats.
Punjab’s Deputy Chief Minister and SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal wins from Jalalabad seat by a margin of 50,289 votes.
Sukhbir Singh Badal: Always knew we were going to win. Credit goes to the people of Punjab. They have sent a clear message that if a party performs, you will succeed. Our campaign was clear on development.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal retains his Lambi seat defeating his nearest Congress rival and cousin, Mahesh Inder Singh Badal, by a margin of 24,739 votes.
Punjab: Congress won Talwandi Sabo, Amritsar Central, Rajpura, Nabha and Patiala seats, while SAD won Balchaur, Attari, Faridkot and Ghanuar. BJP won the Amritsar East seat.