New Delhi: The first two exit polls for Punjab predict that the ruling Akali-BJP will be wiped out. The India-Today Axis poll for Punjab shows the Congress ahead with 62-71 of 117 seats, and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) at 42-51 seats. The Akali-BJP is given 4-7 seats.
The India News-MRC poll predicts 55 seats each for the Congress and AAP. But India TV shows AAP winning with 59-67 seats with the Congress getting 41-49. And similarly, News 24 has the Congress and AAP tied at 54 seats each.
Around 1.4 crore people in Punjab voted for the state's 117-member assembly. There were some 1,100 candidates in a three-way contest between the ruling Akali Dal-BJP alliance, the Congress and AAP, which debuted in the state polls this time.
In 2012 Punjab state elections, Akali Dal - BJP alliance had won 68 of the total 117 seats. Congress had won 46 seats while 03 seats were held by others.
AAP is contesting the Punjab assembly elections for the first time. The party had surprised the pollsters when it won 04 seats in the 2014 General elections.
Along with Punjab, elections were also held in Uttarakhand, Goa, Uttar Pradesh and Manipur. The month-long election process started with polling in Punjab and Goa on February 04.
All five states witnessed high turnout with polling in Goa touching 81% on February 4. The same day Punjab saw a turnout of 77.37%.
Of the seven phases in Uttar Pradesh election, the maximum polling was in the second phase when 65.16% voters exercised their franchise. The two-phased polling in Manipur saw a turnout of 85.5% and 86%, respectively. The turnout in Uttarakhand was 65.64%.
Okram Ibobi Singh, Akhilesh Yadav, Parkash Singh Badal, Harish Rawat and Laxmikant Parsekar are hoping to retain power in Manipur, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa, respectively
All five went states that went to the polls — Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Manipur — witnessed bitterly fought campaigns over the last one-and-a-half months.
Counting of votes will be done on Saturday Mrach 11, 2017. According to the election commission, counting of votes in all five states will start at 07:00 am.