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Chandigarh, March 9: The exit poll results for Punjab assembly elections will be announced today. Many opinion polls in January predicted the win for Congress. The latest India Today opinion poll predicted that Congress may win 60-65 seats while Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP combine may secure victory on 50-58 seats in the assembly elections. It will be interesting to see how the predictions of exit polls are reflected in the results on March 11.

The polling for 117 constituencies in Punjab assembly elections was conducted on Feb 4. The state is witnessing a three-cornered contest wherein the Aam Aadmi Party is giving stiff competition for both traditional parties, Congress and Akali Dal. While the Akali Dal has put in all efforts to ensure its comeback for the third consecutive term in Punjab Legislative Assembly, the Congress too is expecting for a comeback after an exile of ten years. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Congress chief ministerial candidate Captain Amarinder Singh have declared these elections as their last elections. While the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal has forged an electoral alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party decided to go solo in the electoral battle.

Results of opinion polls declared so far:

Media Group Date SAD-BJP Congress AAP
India Today-Axis Jan 31st, 2017  11-15  60-65  41-44
VDP Associates Jan 2017 07 44 62
India Today-Axis Jan 2017  18-22  56-62  36-41
ABP News-Lokniti Jan 2017 50-58 41-49 12-18

While the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal has forged an electoral alliance with Bharatiya Janta Party, the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party decided to go solo in the electoral battle. Akali Dal has fielded candidates on 94 seats and the party has left 23 seats for Bharatiya Janta Party’s candidates.

In the previous assembly elections, Akali Dal- Bharatiya Janata Party combine succeeded in winning 68 seats. Akali Dal won 56 seats whereas Bharatiya Janata Party candidates won 12 out 23 contested seats. The Congress had to console to itself with the victory on 46 seats. Independent too secured victory on three seats.

The new entrant in the politics of Punjab, Aam Aadmi Party has made drugs the central issue in Punjab. The party also alleged Badals for protecting the alleged drug lord and Akali Dal MLA from Majitha, Bikram Singh Majithia. Apart from it, the Satluj Yamuna Link canal also remained an issue of contention between warring parties.

The elections also witnessed the candidates like former Army Chief J J Singh who is fighting against former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh in Congress bastion Patiala. Similarly, present Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal has been Challenged in home constituency Lambi by Captain Amarinder Singh. Aam Aadmi Party too has given the ticket to former Delhi legislator Jarnail Singh to take on Parkash Singh Badal. Aam Aadmi Party has fielded Comedian turned Politician Bhagwant Mann from the Jalalabad seat. He is contesting against Punjab deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Aam Aadmi Party has fielded Comedian turned Politician Bhagwant Mann from the Jalalabad seat. He is contesting against Punjab deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

The results of the Punjab Assembly elections will be declared on March 11.