Punjab Assembly polls: Anxiety level high; betting market predicts AAP win

However, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal claimed that his current alliance will win 72 seats.

On the other hand the SAD (Badal) along with his alliance partner Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) would be struggling to retain its position of that of a ruling party.

Singh said that no one can take his or her mobile to counting centers except election observers.

The SAD had got 34.75 per cent votes, the BJP 7.13 per cent and Congress 40.11 per cent votes. This sums up the political fortunes of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Congress and the AAP respectively as Punjab prepares to count the votes of 117 assembly seats on Saturday.

The exit polls for the Punjab elections 2017 predicted a hung assembly yesterday. The voter turnout of female voters was higher at 78.16 percent as compared to 76.73 percent male voters in the state (see graph below).

Punjab Chief Electoral Officer VK Singh on Thursday asserted that all requisite arrangements, preparations had been made across the State in all counting centers on March 11 for 15th Vidhan Sabha. The number of voters went up by almost 22 lakh this time. The exit polls were merely indicative of the positive trend in favour of the Congress but the actual results would be completely in favour of the party, he added.

Amarinder, the scion of Patiala royal family, is also in the fray from his hometown where ready to give him a run for his money is the former army chief JJ Singh of SAD.

Though the exit polls suggest either a close contest or a narrow victory, AAP leaders insist their internal post-poll feedback point to a better show.

Losing the elections, while the AAP's surge outside Delhi will come to a halt, Congress may not survive the fall as the party is already out of power for a decade now.

Navjot Singh Sidhu, who after several flip-flops had joined the Congress, contested the Amritsar East seat against Rajesh Kumar Honey of the BJP. "There is a possibility of some panchayats, where we could be fielding only women candidates, so we have asked our volunteers to scout for good candidates", Gomes said.

  • Salvatore Jensen