SAD-BJP retain Punjab, create history
This is for the first time in 46 years that the ruling party has retained power in Punjab.
New Delhi: The ruling Shiromani Akal Dal(SAD)-Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) created history in the Punjab Assembly by retaining power in Punjab, defying history which has not seen the incumbent returning to power in the last 46 years.
The SAD-BJP alliance won 68 seats, while Congress won 46 seats. The Others won three seats as results were declared for all 117 seats in Punjab Assembly.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal have won from Lambi and Jalalabad respectively.
Reacting to the victory, an elated Parkash Singh Badal said, "One of the two reasons we won is that the BJP gave its full fledged support to us. And the other reason which worked for us is the work we have done for development in the state."
The results came as a disappointment for the Congress. "I take full responsibility for the defeat. We will introspect and look into the reasons that led to our loss," Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh said.
"I am extremely disappointed with Punjab. Punjab requires deep introspection and inquiry," Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said.
Punjab Congress President Amarinder Singh retained Patiala constituency by defeating SAD's Surjit Singh Kohli by a margin of 42,318 votes, while his son Raninder Singh lost by 6,930 votes from Samana seat.
Congress has won the seats of Talwandi Sabo, Amritsar Central, Rajpura, Nabha and Patiala, while the SAD has won Balchaur, Attari, Faridkot and Ghanuar and the BJP Amritsar East.
Punjab BJP President Ashwani Sharma won from Pathankot defeating his nearest Congress rival Raman Bhalla by a margin of 17,586 votes.
Navjot Kaur, wife of BJP MP from Amritsar Navjot Singh Sidhu, has won from Amritsar (East) constituency, defeating her nearest rival and Independent candidate Simarpreet Kaur by a margin of 7,099 votes.
Manpreet Badal's Punjab People's Party-led Sanjha Morcha failed to make any impact in the polls as it was not in a winning position from any seat.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's estranged cousin Manpreet Badal lost from both Gidderbaha and Maur seats, finishing third in both the seats.
From Balachaur constituency, SAD's Nand Lal beat Shiv Ram Singh of BSP by a margin of 14,857 votes, while from Rajpura seat Hardial Singh Kamboj of Congress beat BJP's Raj Khurana by a margin of 31,510 votes.
From Faridkot, SAD's Deep Malhotra beat Avtar Singh Brar of the Congress by a margin of 2,727 votes and SAD's Harpreet Kaur beat Madan Lal Jalalpur of Congress by a margin of 1,778 votes from Ghanaur.
Sadhu Singh of Congress won from Nabha (SC) constituency defeating his nearest SAD rival by a margin of 22,548 votes.
Congress' Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu bagged the Talwandi Sabo assembly seat, while O P Soni of Congress won from Amritsar Central, defeating his nearest rival Tarun Chugh of the BJP by a margin of 12,797 votes.
SAD's Nand Lal beat Shiv Ram Singh of BSP by a margin of 14,857 votes from Balachaur assembly constituency, while Gulzar Singh Ranike of SAD beat Tarsem Singh of the Congress by a margin of 4,983 votes from Attari (SC) seat.
From Jaitu (SC) seat, Joginder Singh of Congress defeated Gurinder Singh of SAD by 6,342 votes.
From Dakha, Manpreet Singh of SAD defeated Jasbir Singh Khangura of Congress by a margin of 16,338 votes.
Harmeet Singh Sandhu retained his Tarn Taran seat defeating Congress' Dharamvir Agnihotri by a margin of 4,621 votes.
SAD suffered a jolt from Sultanpur Lodhi in Kapurthala district when senior leader and Minister Dr Upinderjit Kaur lost to Navtej Singh of the Congress, who won by a margin of 4,298 votes.
From Adampur constituency in Jalandhar district, Pawan Kumar Tinoo of SAD defeated his Congress rival Satnam Singh Kainth by a margin of 19,306 votes.
Former Indian Hockey captain and SAD candidate Pargat Singh won from Jalandhar Cantt by defeating Congress rival Jagbir Singh Brar by a margin of 6,798 votes.
From Sahnewal assembly constituency near Ludhiana, Sharanjit Singh Dhillon of SAD won by a margin of 21216 votes over Congress' Vikram Singh Bajwa.
From Barnala, Congress' Kewal Singh Dhillon retained the seat defeating Malkit Singh Kittu of Congress by a margin of 5,522 votes.
Amritsar West was bagged by Raj Kumar of Congress who beat BJP's Rakesh Gill by a margin of 11,591 votes.
Khadoor Sahib (SC) seat went to Congress' R S Sikki who defeated SAD's senior leader and sitting MLA from Navshera Panuan, Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, by a margin of 3,054 votes.
From Mohali, Balbir Singh Sidhu defeated SAD's Balwant Singh Ramoowalia by a margin of 16,756 votes.
Gurdaspur went to SAD's Gurbachan Singh Babbehali who retained the seat defeating Congress' Raman Behl by a margin of 21,570 votes.
From Kartarpur segment, Sarwan Singh of SAD beat Jagjit Singh of Congress by a margin of 823 votes.
Kotkapura in Faridkot district was won by Mantar Singh Brar of the SAD who defeated Congress' sitting MLA Ripjit Singh Brar by a margin of 18186 votes.
Rampura Phul in Bathinda was won by SAD's senior leader Sikander Singh Maluka, who defeated sitting MLA Gurpreet Singh Khanger of Congress by 5136 votes.
Punjab's Revenue Minister, Ajit Singh Kohar, sitting MLA from Lohia, defeated Col (retd) CD Kamboj of Congress from the Shahkot assembly segment by a margin of 5,435 votes.
From Jalandhar Central, BJP's senior leader and former Minister, Manoranjan Kalia won by a margin of 1,065 votes over his Congress rival Rajinder Beri.
Anandpur Sahib went to BJP when senior leader Madan Mohan Mittal defeated Kanwar Pal Singh of Congress by a margin of 7,886 votes.
From Phagwara, Som Prakash of the BJP defeated Balbir Kumar Sodhi of Congress by a margin of 14,579 votes.
Congress is contesting all 117 seats, while SAD 94 and BJP 23. In the last election SAD had won 50 seats, Congress 42, BJP 19 and independents 06.
1,078 candidates were in the fray, including 93 women and 417 independents in Punjab. Voting was held in the state on January 30. There are 52 counting centres across the state.
Nearly 78 per cent of the 17.6 million voters in the state exercised their franchise Jan 30. The voting percentage was an all-time record in assembly polls in the state.
(With additional information from PTI)