AAP riding high on exit poll

  • AAP riding high on exit poll

AAP riding high on exit poll

In fact, though the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) bagged fewer seats (15), it polled more votes (25.3%) than AAP's 23.8%.

He wrote, "We accept people's mandate". The six winning candidates are Razia Sultana (Congress) from Malerkotla, Aruna Chaudhary (Congress) from Dinanagar, Satkar Kaur (Congress) from Ferozepur rural, Sarabjit Kaur Manuke (AAP) from Jagraon, Rupinder Kaur Ruby (AAP) from Bathinda rural and Baljinder Kaur (AAP) from Talwandi Sabo assembly seats. Still, its 20 seats on debut do make it the second largest party in the Punjab Assembly. However, in the 2014 parliamentary elections, the AAP won four out of 13 seats and a 24% vote share in Punjab, establishing itself as third force in State politics.

Only six out of 81 women candidates managed to register a win in the Punjab Assembly results 2017 announced on Saturday. "Our struggle will continue", said the AAP chief, who had camped for over a month in Punjab in the hope that the party could increase its electoral base following an impressive performance in the Lok Sabha elections in the State.

A party leader said: "The party conducted a good election campaign, but failed to work on the ground. Our struggle will continue".

Disappointed by its performance, AAP said it will introspect on the reasons behind its rout.

The India Today-Axis exit poll predicted 62-71 seats for the Congress in 117-member Punjab Assembly, a comfortable majority, and 42-51 to Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP.

In an interview to inUth.com, Marathe said, "There is no such thing as a national ambition of a party which is born out of a movement to change the system".

As the counting of votes started in the morning, Atishi Marlena, Ashutosh and other senior party leaders went to Kejriwal's residence.

Only nine of the party candidates secured more than 2000 votes, and these were in the constituencies of Mapusa, Aldona, Cumbharjua, Cortalim, Nuvem, Curtorim, Curchorem, besides Benaulim and Cuncolim.

In 2015, AAP had wiped out Congress as well as BJP in Delhi and recorded a sensational victory capturing 67 of the 70 seats.