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Punjab elections results: All you need to know


INC 77
AAP 20
SAD+ 18
The Congress has made a resounding comeback in Punjab, winning a solid 77 seats in the 117-seat Assembly. Anti-incumbency may have helped the party notch up its big score. The AAP won less than it was expected to. Still, its 20 seats on debut do make it the second largest party in the Punjab Assembly. The SAD-BJP alliance – expected to be reduced to single digits – fared the worst, with 18 seats.
* Amit Shah, BJP chief, addresses a press conference. “We have a historic mandate in UP and Uttarakhand. We will also form governments in Manipur and Goa. In Punjab, we accept defeat and will study the results closely.”

* Delhi CM and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal thanks party workers for their role in Punjab elections.

* Small consolation for Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal who defeats Captain Amrinder Singh by 22,000 votes, and AAP’s Jarnail Singh. He has announced he will resign tomorrow.

* AAP’s Jarnail Singh, who had resigned as MLA from Delhi’s Rajouri Garden constituency, has lost from the Lambi constituency. He was referred to as ‘Punjab da Jarnail’ by his party which, many felt, brought him into the assembly elections toshed the outsider’s tag. His ‘claim to fame’ previously was hurling a shoe at Congress’ P Chidambaram.

* Double joy for Captain Amrinder Singh who is celebrating his 75th birthday. He has won by 52,375 votes from Patiala constituency. “I would like to thank people of Punjab for voting us in huge numbers,” he says. Asked about AAP, the leader has this to say: Kejriwal is like a summer storm and now he is gone.

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