In what seems to be a good news for Arvind Kejriwal, an India TV-CVoter exit poll on March 9 predicted that the Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party is emerging as the forerunner in Punjab and they might form a government by winning 59 to 67 of the 117 assembly seats.

According to the Cvoter, the Congress could come second with 41-49 seats and the ruling Akali Dal-BJP combine was projected to finish with just 5-13 seats.

Punjab recorded a high voter turnout of 77.4 percent in the February 4 election to decide the fate of 1,145 candidates, including 81 women and a transgender, according to IANS. Female voters took the lead with 78.14 percent turnout, compared to 76.69 per cent by males. Of the total 1,98,78,654 registered electors in Punjab, there were 1,05,03,108 male voters and 93,75,546 female voters.

The overall voting percentage in the state was a shade lower than the 78.57 percent votes polled in 2012.

During the campaign, Arvind Kejriwal travelled across villages, took part in various political rallies, that were streamed live particularly for the NRIs sitting abroad, through social media. Not just him, a large number of NRI volunteers also campaigned for the AAP in Punjab and urged the residents to give Arvind Kejriwal “at least one chance”.

During the campaign he vowed to end drug menace. For this he blamed both the ruling BJP-SAD and the Congress.

Meanwhile, India Today-Axis My India in its exit poll has predicted that the Congress is tipped to take power in Punjab, winning 62-71 seats in the 117-member assembly.

The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance was headed towards a rout, it said, giving the Aam Aadmi Party 42-51 seats.

It would be now interesting to see, which party will form the government when the Election Commission will announce the result on March 11.