| Punjab, India| 11 March 2016 | Asia Samachar |
Congress looks set to form the next Punjab state government while newcomers Aam Adami Party (AAP) is looking to be the largest Opposition voice in the northern Indian state. This leaves traditional heavyweights Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on the sidelines.
Congress is leading on 77 out of the total 117 seats contested in the recent state polls. The results are expected to be announced later today.
Media reports suggest that Congress is leading on 77 seats, AAP on 21 seats and SAD-BJP alliance at 17 seats .
If the results hold, Congress would break the two-term hold of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-BJP, led by out-going chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.
The results would also put a spanner in the planned rise of his son, Sukhbir Singh Badal, who is the out-going Punjab Deputy CM and SAD president. Sukhbir was said to be leading in the fight in the Jalalabad constituency against AAP’s Bhagwant Singh Mann, seen as a potential face for chief minister if AAP wins.
One caricature in a local Indian newspaper today, entitled Patiala Peg, shows Congress Punjab president Captain Amarinder Singh holding a glass with Navjot Singh Sidhu filling up his glass. Navjot, an ex BJP MP, had joined Congress in January 2017.
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