Punjab election results: AAP wins a thumping majority with 92 seats

AAP CM candidate Bhagwant Mann wins the election at the constituency of Durhi with a margin of 58,206 votes.

Amritsar: The Aam Aadmi Party has won the state of Punjab with a thumping majority with an overall seat tally of 92 seats. The majority mark is at 59 seats.

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The counting of votes for 117 Assembly constituencies in Punjab commenced in the state on Thursday.

As of 07:16 PM, the trends are as follows:

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Live updates

  • AAP wins Punjab with a thumping majority. Their overall seat tally is at 92 seats. The Congress won 18, Shiromani Akali won 3 and the BJP is at the third place with 2 seats.
  • 07:01 PM: I was expecting to win by 25,00 votes (margin) but won with over 30,000. I’m thankful to the people of Jaladabad for this victory…Main focus will be on education followed by electricity, water: AAP’s Jagdeep Kamboj after defeating SAD’s Sukhbir Singh Badal from Jalalabad, Punjab.
  • 06:35 PM: Aam Aadmi Party CM candidate Bhagwant Mann reaches his native place, Satoj village, in Sangrur district of Punjab. The candidate has registered 82,592 votes from his constituency, Dhuri; the party has won 89 seats & is leading on 3.
  • 06:11 PM: It’s people’s victory. Youth has brought a new Inquilab. From the first day onwards, people walked along with me and supported me: AAP’s Gurmeet Singh Khudian on defeating SAD patron and former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal from Lambi seat
  • 05:44 PM: AAP CM candidate from Dhuri, Bhagwant Mann receives his winning certificate in Sangrur district
  • 05:21 PM: Congratulations to AAP on winning Punjab. Now @ArvindKejriwal must reign in Khalistani elements otherwise Punjab can become Kashmir!
  • 05:11 PM: Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi loses Bhadaur (by 37,558 votes) and Chamkaur Sahib (by 7942 votes) as per official EC trends.
  • 04:24 PM: Water & pollution issues will arise even more, as AAP will be our neighbour in Delhi & Punjab… there’s a conflict between Punjab-Haryana for water issue & between Delhi-Haryana for water supply. We’ll see how they rule: Haryana CM & BJP leader Manohar Lal Khattar
  • 04:22 PM: In Punjab, Congress presented a new leadership through Charanjit Singh Channi who is son of the soil, but the entire anti-incumbency of 4.5 years under Captain Amarinder Singh could not be overcome and hence people voted for AAP for change: Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala
  • 04:11 PM: Work will be done in line with the needs of Punjab people and guarantees promised by Kejriwal Ji. We have formed govt in Punjab, have been given a grand entry in Goa that too in the first attempt: AAP leader Manish Sisodia
  • 03:40 PM: Humbly accept the people’s verdict. Best wishes to those who have won the mandate. My gratitude to all Congress workers and volunteers for their hard work and dedication. We will learn from this and keep working for the interests of the people of India: Congress MP Rahul Gandhi.
  • 03:34 PM: I’d like to congratulate my younger brother Bhagwant Mann for becoming Punjab Chief Minister. AAP has crossed over 90 seats, results are still coming; people have put a lot of faith in us, we won’t break it. We will change this country’s politics: AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal
  • 03:29 PM: I humbly accept the verdict of the people of Punjab and Congratulate @AamAadmiParty and their elected CM @BhagwantMann Ji for the victory. I hope they will deliver on the expections of people.
  • 03:26 PM: AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal says, “We all love you, Punjab,” after his party sweeps
  • 03:20 PM: Bhagat Singh once said if we don’t change the system after the British leave, nothing will happen. Sadly in last 75 yrs, these parties & leaders had the same British system, they were looting the country, no schools/hospitals were made. AAP has changed the system: Arvind Kejriwal
  • 03:19 PM: The people of Punjab defeated BJP and Congress and gave a mandate to Aam Aadmi Party. There was anger against PM Modi in the hearts of Punjab farmers… BJP will have to wait for 2.5 years in Maharashtra: NCP chief Sharad Pawar
  • 03:18 PM: We will make an India where no student has to go to Ukraine to study medicine…With these results people showed that Kejriwal is not a terrorist but a real ‘Desh Bhakt’, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said in Delhi.
  • 03:16 PM: Sukhbir Singh Badal lost, Capt Sahab lost, Channi Sahab lost, Parkash Singh Badal lost, Navjot Singh Sidhu lost, Bikram Singh Majithia lost. Punjab has done amazing: AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal
  • 03:10 PM: ‘Punjab waalo tussi kamaal kar ditta’, we all love you, Punjab. The results are a massive ‘inquilaab’, big seats have shaken up: AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal
  • 03:07 PM: We will fulfill the dream of Baba Bhimrao Ambedkar and Shaheed Bhagat Singh. Now people have got an alternative in politics and the people of Punjab have given an opportunity to that alternative: AAP leader and Delhi Dy CM Manish Sisodia
  • 03:00 PM: Shiromani Akali Dal’s Bikram Singh Majithia loses from Amritsar East by a margin of 14,408 votes.
  • 02:58 PM: AAP CM candidate from Dhuri, Bhagwant Mann wins with a margin of 58,206 votes.
  • 02:56 PM: Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu loses from Amritsar East by a margin of 6,750 votes.
  • 02:45 PM: I will take oath as chief minister in Bhagat Singh’s village Khatkarkalan, not at the Raj Bhawan. No government office will have CM’s photos, there will be pictures of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and Babasaheb Ambedkar: AAP’s Bhagwant Mann, at Sangrur: AAP’s Bhagwant Mann
  • 02:35 PM: Congress party has lost badly in these elections. We didn’t get the expected results. In Punjab people got another option and elected AAP. BJP’s win is a victory of their election management too: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut
  • 02:28 PM: Former CM and Punjab Lok Congress founder, Captain Amarinder Singh loses from Patiala by a margin of 19,873 votes.
  • 02:08 PM: Delhi CM and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal along with Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain offers prayers at Hanuman Temple in Delhi, as AAP sweeps Punjab elections.
  • 02:01 PM: We whole-heartedly & with total humility accept the mandate given by Punjabis. I am grateful to lakhs of Punjabis who placed their trust in us & to to SAD-BSP workers for their selfless toil. We will continue to serve them with humility in the role they have assigned to us.

As president of @Akali_Dal_ , I congratulate @AamAadmiParty, @AAPPunjab & their leader @BhagwantMann on their victory in Punjab poll. I offer them my sincerest good wishes for success and I am sure they will live up to the people’s expectations : SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal

  • 01:55 PM: Bade Badal Sahib has lost, Sukhbir Badal has lost from Jalalabad, Capt has lost from Patiala, Sidhu & Majithia are also losing, Channi has lost on both the seats: AAP’s Bhagwant Mann
  • 01:48 PM: AAP CM candidate Bhagwant Mann greets party workers and supporters at his residence in Sangrur as the party sweeps Punjab Elections 2022.

01:28 PM: I accept the verdict of the people with all humility. Democracy has triumphed. Punjabis have shown true spirit of Punjabiyat by rising and voting above sectarian and caste lines. Congratulations to @AAPPunjab and @BhagwantMann.

01:14 PM: After 12 rounds of counting, AAP CM candidate Bhagwant Mann has scored 72873 votes (64.08 % votes) at the constituency of Dhuri. INC’s Dalvir Singh Goldy is at second place with 19.44 percent as of now. He is set to become the next Chief Minister of Punjab.

01:01 PM: Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi trails in Bhadaur (by 22,843 votes) and Chamkaur Sahib (by 2671 votes) as per official EC trends.

12:39 PM: SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal trails by a margin of 10,526 votes from the Jalalabad seat

  • 12:27 PM: The voice of the people is the voice of God …. Humbly accept the mandate of the people of Punjab …. Congratulations to Aap !!!: Punjab Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu
  • 12:33 PM: Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal trails by a margin of 10,526 votes from the Jalalabad seat
  • 12:28 PM: Aam Aadmi Party’s Ajit Pal Singh Kohli leads from Patiala constituency; Punjab Lok Congress’s Captain Amarinder Singh trailing.
  • “Iss Inquilab ke liye Punjab ke logon ko bahut bahut badhai (congratulations to the people of Punjab for this revolution),” tweets Delhi CM and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal as the party sweeps Punjab Elections.
  • 11:59 AM: AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal has reached the party’s office in Delhi
  • Punjab will not be known as ‘Udta Punjab’ from now onwards, but ‘Uthta Punjab’… all the credit goes to AAP workers, they didn’t see day or night, summer or winter, &continued working for the party. AAP will work for everybody progressively: AAP leader Raghav Chadha
  • 11:37 AM: Exultant workers & supporters of AAP celebrate by dancing & distributing sweets as the party sweeps Punjab elections with an absolute majority. Visuals from Chandigarh, Amritsar, Delhi & Nagpur.
  • Punjab has proven that it likes the Arvind Kejriwal-Bhagwant Mann pair, & no other party’s pair… all other parties tried to defame us & called Kejriwal Ji a terrorist, but public proved that he is a ‘shikshak-wadi’: AAP leader Raghav Chadha
  • We had fielded candidates in Goa, Uttarakhand and UP, but somewhere the focus was on Punjab: AAP leader Manish Sisodia
  • Bhagwant Mann, who is likely to be the new Punjab chief minister, is leading from Dhuri
  • Punjab has given chance to Kejriwal’s model of governance. Today, his model of governance has been established at the national level. This is the victory of the ‘Aam Aadmi’ (common man): AAP leader Manish Sisodia as party sweeps Punjab
  • AAP’s Jeevan Jyot Kaur is currently ahead of Congress’s Navjot Singh Sidhu and Akali Dal’s Bikram Singh Majithia
  • Clean sweep for AAP in Punjab
  • Channi, Sidhu, Amarinder, Badals and Majithia trailing in early trends
  • “Had been saying from day 1 that AAP will form govt with absolute majority…Throne of people who ruled Punjab for decades is shaking. In future, Arvind Kejriwal will be BJP’s principal challenger, AAP will be Congress’ replacement,” says Raghav Chadha to ANI.
  • Activists and supporters of the Aam Aadmi Party already begin their celebrations.
  • The Aam Aadmi Party continues its strong game. The party is leading in 85 out of 117 seats
  • 10:08 am: Incumbent CM Channi continues to trail from both seats in Punjab
  • 10:00 am: As per early trends, AAP sweeps in Punjab
  • 09:10 am: Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi offered prayers at gurdwara
  • 08:45 am: Captain Amarinder Singh is leading in Patiala constituency
  • 08:30 am: AAP takes an early lead
  • 08:00 am: Counting begins

AAP confident of victory

Congress went into the polls having battled factionalism and anti-incumbency. The party changed its chief minister in September last year even as new Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu hinted about his own chief ministerial ambitions. The Congress finally declared Charanjit Singh Channi, the first Dalit Chief Minister of Punjab, as its chief ministerial candidate days before the polling on February 20.

The Shiromani Akali Dal, which had broken off its alliance with BJP over three farm laws that were eventually repealed, tied up with Bahujan Samaj Party for the assembly elections.

It is the first time that BJP fought over 65 seats in Punjab. It tied up with former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s Punjab Lok Congress and SAD (Sanyukt) led by SS Dhindsa. BJP leaders have talked of putting up a strong performance in the polls.

AAP’s chief ministerial candidate Bhagwant Mann exuded confidence of the party’s victory on Wednesday. If AAP wins Punjab, it will be the party’s maiden victory in the state and a vast improvement from its performance in the 2017 elections when it had finished second behind Congress.

Exit polls

In the 117-member Punjab Assembly, the majority mark is 59. Exit polls on Monday predicted a clear victory for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Punjab with the scale of the party’s victory varying across various surveys.

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