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Punjab Election Result 2017 highlights: Amarinder meets Governor, oath-taking ceremony on 16 March

Punjab, which witnessed a triangular contest in the assembly polls, could be in for a neck-and-neck fight between the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party.

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Punjab Election Result 2017 highlights: Amarinder meets Governor, oath-taking ceremony on 16 March

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Mar 12, 2017 - 16:06 (IST)

Captain Amarinder Singh meets governor, oath-taking ceremony on 16 March

Reports have said that Singh has also left for Delhi.

Mar 12, 2017 - 15:37 (IST)

Amarinder Singh says his govt will form 'Special Task Force' to curb the drug menace

Amarinder Singh asserted that his government will form a 'Special Task Force' to curb the drug menace in Punjab, while making the state more investor-friendly. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had assured him full cooperation for the development of the state.

On the vexed issue of Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal, Amarinder said it was important to see the quantum of water available with Punjab. "When Punjab does not have enough water, the question of giving it to other states does not arise," he said. He said Punjab has 60 percent of agrarian land with just eight MAF (million acre-feet) water, while Haryana with 40 percent of agriculture land has 12 MAF water. The Congress' chief ministerial candidate said he was committed to fulfill all the promises made by the party in its election manifesto.

Read the full PTI report here.

Mar 12, 2017 - 14:09 (IST)

Parkash Singh Badal, Sukhbir promise to be a part of a 'responsible opposition'

Mar 12, 2017 - 13:57 (IST)

Parkash Singh Badal resigns

Outgoing chief minister Parkash Singh Badal met Governor VP Singh Badnore earlier today and tendered his resignation. The 89-year-old leader of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) won from Lambi, but his party fared poorly winning just 15 seats while SAD's alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won just three seats at the end of counting of votes on 11 march. SAD, however, was the second most popular party in terms of votes receiving 25.2% of the total vote share.

Mar 12, 2017 - 13:49 (IST)

Two Congress workers killed in clash with SAD | India Today

With the results being declared, the knives are out in Punjab. According to India Today, two Congress workers were killed in the state during a violent clash with Shiromani Akali Dal workers in Mansa.

Earlier today, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Captain Amarinder Singh said that his party won't indulge in vendetta politics. Will this event change his party's stand?

Mar 12, 2017 - 12:32 (IST)

Amarinder Singh promises Congress won't engage in 'vendetta politics'

"On the first cabinet meeting, we will bring those issues which have no monetary involvement," said Amarinder Singh.

"We will liberalise industrial policy," he further said.

"The prime minister assured me of all support on the financial front...I have asked the prime minister for debt waiver. We will also reform Punjab police," said the Congress' chief ministerial candidate.

"I spoke to Priyanka Gandhi and told her we'll bounce back in UP," he also said.

"There will be no vendetta politics, no victimisation. There is a Constitution and law. You can't just break all that," Singh said, when asked about what action he'll take against people from the SAD-BJP alliance facing allegations of promoting drug trade.

"Punjab's security lies in the security of ties with our neighbours," he also said.

Mar 11, 2017 - 20:16 (IST)

It's official: Congress gets 2/3rd majority, wins 77 seats, 38.5% vote share

The Election Commission announced the final results of the Punjab Assembly Election with Congress winning 77 seats. According to Amarinder Singh, this is one of the best performance of the party in the state.

Mar 11, 2017 - 18:41 (IST)

Punjab has given two bonus seats on my birthday: Captain Amarinder Singh | CNN-News18

"The people of Punjab have given me two bonus seats on my 75th birthday"

Mar 11, 2017 - 18:39 (IST)

People have voted for stability: Captain Amarinder Singh | CNN-News18

"The people have gone for stability. There is a debt of Rs 2 lakh crore, our budget is in deficit, jobs are not there and education is in shambles," he said adding that people have voted against all that.

Singh also said that he will get rid of synthetic drugs known as chitta from the state in one month. "Everybody is growing bhang, but the killer here is chitta. I have promised to finish it in four weeks. And we are going to do that. We don't believe in catching people and shoving them in jails. If anything comes out during the investigation we will take legal action them," he said.

Mar 11, 2017 - 18:32 (IST)

AAP was hyped too much: Captain Amarinder Singh | CNN-News18

Speaking to the TV channel, Captain Amarinder Singh said that AAP was too much hyped. "When they were saying that they are going to sweep Malwa. Even I started wondering how are they going to win Malwa, which has been our own bastion for so many years. But when I started going around, I realised that people liked us," Singh said.

Clarifying on his allegations of AAP promoting fringe elements in the state, Singh once again said that lot of people who joined AAP have some sort of grudge against the country. "There are people who think differently who curse Congress, and talk about 1984. They (AAP) were collecting individuals who had a grouse against the country and not just Punjab," he said.

Singh also rubbished claims of AAP emerging as a national party. He said the party's true colours have come out. " I don't think anything is going to happen for them in 2019," he added.

Punjab, which witnessed a triangular contest in the assembly polls, could be in for a neck-and-neck fight between the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) while the ruling SAD-BJP may face a drubbing, according to pollsters.

Exit polls released ahead of the 11 March counting predict the SAD-BJP combine, which has been ruling the state for 10 years, could be struggling to get even into double digits in the 117-member House due to multiple factors including the anti-incumbency.

Punjab Election Result 2017 highlights Amarinder meets Governor oathtaking ceremony on 16 March

Representational image. Reuters

While India Today-Axis exit polls gave 62-71 seats to the Congress and 42-51 to AAP, India TV-C Voter projected 41-49 for the Congress and 59-67 seats for the AAP. India News-MRC and News 24-Chanakya forecast 55 seats to the Congress and 54 to the AAP.

The ruling Akali Dal-BJP alliance was reduced to single digit tally in all exit polls.

Away from the hustle and bustle of the exit polls, the SAD-BJP alliance is confident of defying the pollsters “like in 2012”, when it proved the surveys wrong. 89-year-old chief minister Parkash Singh Badal claimed the combine would win 72 seats.

As for Congress, Amarinder Singh claimed it would win 65 seats and the AAP exuded confidence of bagging close to 100.

The state went to polls in single phase on 4 February and recorded 77.36 percent polling against 78.57 percent in the 2012 polls.

Punjab, which had mostly seen a contest between SAD-BJP alliance and the Congress over the last few decades, added a third front in the 2017 Assembly election with the entrance of Arvind Kejriwal's AAP. There were a total of 1,145 candidates in the fray, with alll the top-three contenders Congress, SAD-BJP alliance as well as AAP fielding 117 candidates. Also in the fray in Punjab are Communisty Party of India — Marxist (CPM), Communist Party of India — Marxist Liberation (CPI-ML), Aapna Punjab Party (APP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Punjab Front, Trinamool Congress (TMC), Punjab United (PU), Akali Dal (AD), Apna Punjab (AP), Jai Jawan Jai Kisan Party (JJJKP), Swabhiman Party (SP) and Janta Dal United (JDU).

“The counting of votes will take place on Saturday (11 March) for which all necessary preparations have been made,” an election office spokesman said in Chandigarh. It was a record for the state when the SAD (with BJP) came back to power in 2012 as no party had ever been given two consecutive terms. Since reorganisation of Punjab in 1966, the Congress and the SAD have been ruling the state alternately. The SAD-BJP alliance formed the government for the first time in 2007 and retained majority in 2012.

This time around, while the SAD is contesting 94 seats the BJP is 23. The Congress has contested all the seats. The AAP and its ally Lok Insaf Party, led by the Bains brothers of Ludhiana, are fighting 112 and 5 seats respectively.

With inputs from agencies

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