Delhi: According to the STAR News-Nielsen exit poll, Punjab is locked
in a close contest between the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party
(SAD-BJP) alliance and the Congress. However, the Congress is ahead by a
The poll, conducted by STAR News-Nielsen, was
done on January 31 across 59 constituencies with a total sample size of
13,767 respondents. According to the poll, Congress can win 58 seats and
to form government required seats is 59. The Akali Dal-BJP alliance is
getting 56 seats. Sukhbir Singh Badal's cousin Manpreet Badal, who has
launched his separate outfit People's Party of Punjab, is winning only two
seats and getting three per cent votes.
In last Assembly election, Akali-BJP coalition had won 68 seats. The
Congress had managed to win 44 seats.
Punjab's vote share:
In 2007 Assembly elections, Congress had
got 40.90 per cent vote, meanwhile in 2012 election the expected voting
share is 43 per cent.
Akali-BJP coalition had got 45.37 per cent votes (Akali 37.09 per cent,
BJP 8.28 per cent). This time Akali-BJP vote share have dropped down and
they will get only 41 per cent.
BSP's vore share in Punjab will increase although they will fail to get
any seat. Estranged nephew of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Manpreet
Singh Badal's People's Party of Punjab (PPP) will not be able to do
anything great although they will succeed in getting two seats and three
per cent votes.