Unlike the prediction of some exit poll surveys, Aam Aadmi party is not in a neck to neck fight with Congress in Punjab. As per the early trends, Arvind Kejriwal’s party is far behind the grand old party. However, it is still ahead of Akali-BJP combine. However the party is expected to make major inroads in Punjab .
The latest trend showed Congress leading on 46 seats while AAP was leading on 16 seats. Akai-BJP alliance is leading at only 10 seats. Meanwhile Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is leading in Lambi assembly constituency, as per early trends. The 89-year-old is locked in a triangular contest with Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh and journalist-turned-politician Jarnail Singh of the AAP in his pocket borough of Lambi.
Capt Singh, who is also fighting from his traditional stronghold Patiala, was leading in that seat. Congress was ahead in Amritsar Central, Tarn Taran, Khadoor Sahib, Jalandhar West (R), Chabbewal (R), Anandpur Sahib, Fatehgarh Sahib, Dharamkot, Baluana (Reserve), Gidderbaha, Faridkot, Rajpura and Patiala seats while
Shiromani Akali Dal was ahead in Lambi, Bhagapurana, Moga and Majitha seats, as per early trends. BJP was ahead in Abohar segment. AAP was ahead in Bathinda Urban, Mansa, Bhadaur (R) and Mehal Kalan (R) seats.
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. SAD contested 94 seats and its ally the BJP is 23. The Congress has contested all the seats.