Assembly poll results in five states today: Section 144 in Punjab to prevent crowds at counting centers – Reuters

Tribune press service

Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Chandigarh, March 9

Punjab’s political parties are gearing up for Thursday’s election results. The stage is set for the counting of votes for 117 Assembly seats with the AAP emerging as a major contender. Chief Electoral Officer of Punjab said Section 144, CrPC, was imposed in all districts to prevent crowds at counting centers and victory processions being banned.

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The outcome of the poll will decide the fate of several political bigwigs in Punjab, including that of SAD patriarch and five-time chief minister Parkash Singh Badal (Lambi). He is fighting against Gurmeet Singh Khudian (AAP), who left Congress for being “ignored”.

will retain power

We will form the government again. Let the ballot boxes be open. Everything will become clear. CS Channi, Congress

Exit polls are a sham

Exit polls should be banned. These are not believable. People again blamed their failure on us. Soukhbir Badal, SAD

AAP Govt for sure

We will form the government, winning over 80 seats. The president of the SAD is in denial. Bhagwant Mann, PAA

We trust the voter

We are sure of outstanding results. We trust people. They will give us a chance to serve them. Captain Amarinder, PLC

Former CM Capt Amarinder Singh (PLC), who won by an impressive margin of 52,000 votes in 2017, may not have it easy this time around. He is opposed to his former confidant and former mayor of Patiala, Vishnu Sharma of Congress, Ajit Pal Kohli of AAP and Harpal Juneja of SAD. in Patiala. The clash between Punjab Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu and top Akali leader Bikram Majithia (East Amritsar) has generated a lot of interest. The stakes are high for both leaders. Majithia chose to leave her “safe” constituency Majitha to confront Sidhu.

Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi and Finance Minister Manpreet Badal are locked in a tug of war with AAP candidates in Bhadaur and Bathinda-Urban respectively. Denied the party ticket, CM’s brother Dr. Manohar Singh is in the fray for Bassi Pathana as an independent. Congress Minister Rana Gurjeet Singh’s son Rana Inder Partap Singh is fighting as an Independent in Sultanpur Lodhi. While top Congress leader Partap Singh Bajwa has been contesting since Qadian, his brother Fateh Jung Bajwa, who resigned over ticket refusal, is Batala’s BJP candidate.

The SAD continues to provide a platform for family policy. The list includes President Sukhbir Badal (Jalalabad), his father Parkash Singh Badal, his brother-in-law Bikram Singh Majithia and Majithia’s wife Ganieve Kaur (Majitha). Former Minister Akali Jathedar Tota Singh (Dharamkot) and his son Makhan Singh (Moga) are both in the fray, as are former PS Minister Chandumajra (Ghanaur) and his son Harinder Chandumajra (Sanaur). The SAD, allied to the BSP, hopes to do well in Doaba.

According to exit polls, the BJP-PLC-SAD (Sanyukt) coalition is unlikely to hit the double digit mark.

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