Election results: Akalis win in Punjab

Akalis, along with the BJP, stormed their way back to power in Punjab on Tuesday, sweeping away in its wake the Congress and it's battle-weary Captain, a long history of anti-incumbency and a strong rebellion right among its own.

Punjab Result Status
Status Known For 117 out of 117 Constituencies

Party Won Leading Total
Bharatiya Janata Party 12 0 12
Indian National Congress 46 0 46
Shiromani Akali Dal 56 0 56
Others 3 0 3

The result came as shock for not just the Congress but across Punjab, which has traditionally never voted an incumbent government back to power and where high turnout always spelt trouble for ruling parties.

 

The father-son duo of old warhorse Parkash Singh Badal and the young and aggressive Sukhbir Badal proved to be a deadly combination that steered the country's oldest regional party to a decisive victory. Shiromani Akai Dal (SAD), that used to be neck-to-neck with the Congress in the last two elections surged ahead with a tally of 56, coming very close to the magic figure of 59 seats on its own.

 

Together with its ally BJP, which bagged 12 seats, the combine took itself to an unassailable position with 68 seats as compared to the Congress' 46.

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