1. Poll: Cong to rule Punjab, BJP-SAD may get drubbed; Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP No. 2; Amarinder tops as CM candidate

Poll: Cong to rule Punjab, BJP-SAD may get drubbed; Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP No. 2; Amarinder tops as CM candidate

Punjab assembly elections: In a big surprise, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi led Congress Party, under the leadership of Captain Amarinder Singh in Punjab, is set to return to power in the state. The greatest gains, according to the poll, will be made by the Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

By: | New Delhi | Updated: October 13, 2016 11:50 PM
Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi Punjab assembly elections: In a big surprise, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi-led Congress Party, under the leadership of Captain Amarinder Singh in Punjab, is set to return to power in the state.

Punjab assembly elections: In a big surprise, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi led Congress Party, under the leadership of Captain Amarinder Singh in Punjab, is set to return to power in the state, again and in the process decimate the Amit Shah led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and CM Sardar Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Singh Badal led Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) combine, a poll held ahead of the assembly elections has revealed. The greatest gains, according to the poll, will be made by the Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

According to the opinion poll held recently, whose results have been revealed today, the Congress is all set to emerge as the largest party in Punjab with MLAs numbering anywhere between 49-55. However, this is not going to give it a majority and that puts a question mark on whether Capt Amarinder Singh will emerge as the new Chief Minister of Punjab. That gives a dark horse in the assembly a chance to come up trumps. Who that will be, in case the actual assembly result mirrors the opinion poll, is not yet clear, but s/he may well not be from Congress – in Uttar Pradesh, the poll predicted that BJP will emerge as the largest party but without a majority and that most respondents wanted Mayawati as the Chief Minister. BSP will emerge as the second-largest party according to the poll and after negotiations and alliance with BJP will give Mayawati the chance to be CM again.

Also read: Mayawati to be next UP chief minister, BJP misses bus

Having said that, in Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh Badal has emerged as the leader when it comes to respondents choosing  a chief minister. Badal and Arvind Kejriwal are left behind, according to a poll held by India Today-Axis. As per the poll, Amarinder gets a thumbs up from 33% of the respondents, surprisingly Parkash Singh Badal gets 25%, Avind Kejriwal 16% and Sidhu only 8%. AAP’s Bhagwant Mann brings up the rear.

The Aam Aadmi Party, which has taken Punjab by storm, due to the corruption allegations against both the Badal regime as well as Amarinder Singh, will see its tally shoot up by anything between 42 and 46. That means they are the likely kingmakers.

What is really hitting the SAD-BJP combine is the fact that Punjab has emerged as one of the worst affected states in India due to the rampant drug problem and the Badals are perceived not to have taken stringent steps to stamp it out.

A major coup has been effected by the Congress if it gets former BJP leader and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu to join its ranks. Sidhu’s standing in the state is high. However, he may suffer if there is a big backlash against him from his earlier supporters and voters.

However, AAP spokesperson has said that the party does not agree with the poll result. He said that the party will win over 80 seats and emerge at the top.

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    Girish
    Oct 13, 2016 at 7:34 pm
    Since this news is part of financial express, one may conclude that this was financed by someone to get it published.
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      aap volunteers
      Oct 13, 2016 at 6:17 pm
      Shame on the writer of this article. Lair.
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        aap volunteers
        Oct 13, 2016 at 6:15 pm
        paid news. AAP is wining.
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          Ajit
          Oct 14, 2016 at 9:39 am
          These fake survey are going to pop every now and then till elections.Congress, BJP , SAD, and every other party is going to taste dust .AAP and only AAP will be chosen by Punjab .Fake and feku will be brought to ground.
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            M.S.K.Dhev
            Oct 14, 2016 at 11:26 am
            DAY DRE......AM BY THE AUTHOR.
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            1. Dinesh Pandey
              Oct 14, 2016 at 3:46 am
              AAP Will win about 100 seats.As far as survey is concerned it may not be ruled out that fake / fraud / manuted surveys may surface from time to time by few channels because of politico-media nexes or by some particular anchor / editor interest in particular parties.
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              1. Sanjay Singh
                Oct 13, 2016 at 7:25 pm
                ha ha ha , joke of the century.....( khongress will be in power in punjab, funny )
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                  Mehta
                  Oct 13, 2016 at 10:42 pm
                  People of Punjab definitely need change and change for a good. SAD has ruined Punjab and BJP remained silent about it. So Cogres is the only hope people have. So far AAP, it's the worst. AAP is Kejri fraud and he has proved he cannot coordinate, cooperate for the sake of people. He is all for himself.If Punjab votes for AAP, PUNJAB will suffer at the hands of Crook Kejri. He has no vision , no experience and has no inclination to learn. Vaihguru save people of Punjab AAP.
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                    Ajay
                    Oct 14, 2016 at 3:40 am
                    This is how you get to know that Media, reporters r controlled by money bags
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                      PG
                      Oct 17, 2016 at 1:36 pm
                      AAP may well end up governing Punjab, but then its lack of maturity will become obvious. I hope it comes to power for precisely this reason, and receives a reality check.
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                        raj
                        Oct 24, 2016 at 3:23 am
                        money flows , news tunes changes grows !!!! total paid news -unethical !!!!
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                          raj
                          Oct 24, 2016 at 3:20 am
                          these news like before delhi elections , many projected AAP only 5 0r 10 seats ,but they won in land slide ! this false news , very doubtful !!!
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                            sri
                            Oct 14, 2016 at 9:32 pm
                            This must be a joke. All other polls unanimously give 80-90 seats to AAP Aixs guys must be smoking something to come up with the most ridiculous poll.
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                              sham
                              Oct 14, 2016 at 6:31 am
                              chor congress ka chor survey
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                                S.K.Gupta
                                Oct 14, 2016 at 6:54 am
                                One of its paragraph reads as "Having said that, in Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh Badal has emerged as the leader when it comes to respondents choosing a chief minister. Badal and Arvind Kejriwal are left behind, according to a poll held by India Today-Axis".Since when Capt Amrinder Singh adopted the Sir name as "Badal"? How come?
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                                  S.K.Gupta
                                  Oct 14, 2016 at 6:55 am
                                  Please spell "LIAR" correctly.
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                                    Vinaayak G
                                    Oct 14, 2016 at 8:18 am
                                    Please don't get so impatient and wait for the D-day.
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