Congress was leading in 73 seats on Saturday in early trends of counting of votes for the 117 assembly seats in Punjab. Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP alliance leads with 26 and Aam Adami Party (AAP) was ahead on 21 seats. The independent candidates were ahead on three seats. Heavyweights like Parkash Singh Badal (SAD) from Lambi, Captain Amarinder Singh (Congress) from Patiala, Gurpreet Singh Waraich (AAP) from Batala, Bikram Singh Majithia (SAD) from Majithia and Manpreet Badal (Congress) from Bathinda urban, were leading from their respective seats.
The Election Commission has released the trends of all 117 seats. Also, the Counting of votes for 117 assembly seats and the by-election to the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat began across Punjab in the morning amid tight security. The counting, which started at 8 am, is taking place at 54 centres in 27 locations. The fate of 1,145 candidates, including 81 women, will be decided. A total of 77.4 per cent of the 1.98 crore electors in Punjab voted on February 4. A party needs 59 seats to gain a simple majority in the assembly.