The Congress party won 77 (38.5% votes) of the 117 seats in Punjab, upsetting the two major contenders in the state – the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Aam Aadmi Party, the latter of which had its hopes pinned quite high. The INC was followed by AAP, who managed to win a meagre 20 seats (23.7% votes). The BJP and SAD were trailing behind AAP at 3 (5.4% votes) and 15 seats (25.2%) respectively. The Lok Insaf party managed to win 2 seats (1.2% votes) out of the total 117.
The news of Congress’s win could not have arrived on a better for Captain Amarinder Singh, who was coincidentally celebrating his 75th birthday on the day of the results.
The Congress’s win, now gives them clear majority to form a government in Punjab.
The Captain, who was contesting from two seats – Patiala and Lambi – won in Patiala, however, and lost in Lambi to outgoing chief minister, Prakash Singh Badal.
The Congress party managed to hit it home by a victory margin of over 30,000 votes.
For the most part, a large chunk of votes from the Hindu, as well as Urban population lead to the party’s historic win in Punjab.
Surprisingly, out of the 81 female candidates who contested from the Punjab, only 6 of these candidates could manage a win. Based on these figures, the 117-seat assembly will be made up of 5% of women, only. This is a huge drop from the figure of 14 women out of 93, who had won in the previous elections, leading to a dismal show for one part of the gender spectrum.
Some of the major urban wins for the Congress in Punjab were:
Jalandhar Cantt. – Pargat Singh Powar
Jalandhar Central – Rajendar Beri
Jalandhar North – Avtar Singh Junior
Jalandhar West – Sushil Kumar Rinku
Amritsar Central – Om Prakash Soni
Amritsar North – Sunil Datti
Amritsar East – Navjot Singh Sidhu
Amritsar West – Raj Kumar Verka
Amritsar South – Inderbir Singh Bolaria
Hoshiarpur – Sunder Sham Arora
Patiala – Amrindar Singh
Ludhiana Central – Surinder Kumar Dawar
Ludhiana North – Rakesh Pandey
Ludhiana East – Sanjeev Talwar
Ludhiana West – Bharat Bhushan (Ashu)
Pathankot – Amit
Gurdaspur – Barindermeet Singh Pahra
Following the party’s decisive win, Captain Amarinder Singh will be sworn in as the chief minister of Punjab on March 16, in a supposedly low key ceremony.