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Congress set to return to power in Punjab

Ranjeet S Jamwal | Chandigarh |

After a gap of 10 years, Congress is all set to return to power in Punjab with the party leading 66 of 117 Assembly seats in the State.

The high hopes of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) appear to have been dashed with the Arvind Kejriwal-led outfit failing to garner the expected support. AAP was trailing both the Congress and ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-Bhartiya Janta Party (SAD-BJP) combine by leading on 22
seats.

On the other hand, the ruling combine appears to have faced face with SAD-BJP jointly leading on 33 seats. The division in opposition votes between the Congress and AAP, appears to have helped the SAD-BJP as the combine is not losing as badly as it was predicted in view of the
strong anti-incumbency wave.

Of the prominent candidates, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal (SAD), Captain Amarinder Singh (Congerss) , Navjot Singh Sindhu (Congress), SAD president Sukhbir Badal, revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia were leading from Lambi, Patiala (urban), Amritsar (east), Jalalabad and Majithia respectively.

The Election Commission (EC) has set up 54 counting centres in 27 locations in Punjab.