Punjab, 11 March: It seems as the best present to Captain Amarinder Singh on his 75th birthday after he won from Patiala urban seat by a margin of over 51000 votes.
“I thank you people of Punjab, my leadership Rahulji and Soniaji,” Amarinder Singh said in his first remarks to the media after the Congress appeared set to return to acquire reign in Punjab.
He also called a meeting of MLAs at 2 p.m. on Sunday to decide about the swearing in ceremony and the cabinet formation in the border state.
The Congress was leading in 75 out of 117 assembly seats after over three and half hours of vote count that began at 8 a.m.
Amarinder is reported to have won Patiala by 52375 votes.
The Punjab Congress President is likely to celebrate the grand party at Patiala’s Moti Bagh Palace this evening. Celebrations will be for two reasons – his win and because Amarinder will also become the longest living scion of the erstwhile Patiala princely state.
While no invites have been sent, Amarinder was most likely to host a grand party at the palace, with Congress MLAs and other party leaders expected to be here by Saturday evening.
In January, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi officially declared the Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh as the chief ministerial candidate for the state assembly elections.
“Amarinder Singh has given his blood and sweat for Punjab. He has worked day and night for the development of Punjab. He has always worked for the Punjabi and Sardar community. He is going to be our chief minister,” Gandhi said at a campaign rally.
In the Punjab assembly elections, the latest trend has already turned the entire scenario of exit polls.
Congress is clearly leading in at least 74 seats the assembly polls. It needs just 59 to form a government – and looks all set to form the government there.
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