AAP, Congress in Close Race in Anti-Incumbent Punjab?

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The Election Commission, meanwhile, has completed all arrangements across the State for the counting of votes on Saturday.

However, both betting markets feel the same about Punjab results, with both predicting AAP and Congress finishing with a tie after securing 53-55 seats each, leaving BJPSAD with just 6-7 seats.

Whereas the new entrant on the political stage of the state Aam Adami Party (AAP) in its debut participation is with full confidence claiming victory over 100 seats in the state assembly and wining with a clear majority.

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With only few hours remaining the counting for the vote for Punjab state assembly election, 2017 that were contested on over 117 seats shall begin on 11th March by 8 AM in the morning. A total of 1,145 candidates are contesting in the elections.

Female voters took the lead with 78.14 percent turnout, compared to 76.69 per cent by males. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was seen tirelessly campaigning all across Punjab. The number of voters went up by almost 22 lakh this time.

Jalalabad, considered a pocket borough of the ruling Badal family, has two sitting MPs - Ravneet Singh Bittu (Congress) and comedian-turned-politician Bhagwant Mann (AAP) - taking on SAD (Badal) president and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

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Of the 117 assembly seats, the fate of the next government will be decided in the agricultural Malwa belt, the region south of the river Sutlej, which alone accounts for 69 seats.

The BJP may be in a winning position in Uttar Pardesh, Goa, Uttrakhand and Manipur where results will also be declared tomorrow, but the saffron party's battle in Punjab is all about saving its face on 23 seats it contested in alliance with the SAD.

The other prominent candidates include Congress veteran and former Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal (Lehragagga), Indian Youth Congress Chief Raja Amarinder Singh Warring (Gidderbaha), Badal's estranged nephew Manpreet Singh Badal on Congress ticket (Bathinda Urban). It, in fact, formed the foundation that the party was built on.

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