Congress made a thumping come back in Punjab with winning 76 seats, putting an end to the supremacy of Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) combine after a decade. AAP which was considered a major force to reckon with many exit polls even predicting victory for it Punjab failed to fetch more and is far behind with just 21 seats.
In Goa, though the Congress could bag 17 seats of the 40-member assembly, the picture is not clear, which will be based on decisions of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party which bagged 3 votes and the others which have 7 seven seats. The BJP secured 13.
Meanwhile, BJP snatched Uttarakhand with 57 seats, which was ruled by the Congress which got just 11.
In Manipur, it was a neck-and-neck situation with 27 seats for Congress, 21 for BJP, four seats for NPF and nine others in 60 Member assembly. The fate of the northeastern state would be decided by the others and NPF who got 12 seats together.
Exit poll results on Thursday forecast a close fight in Punjab between the Congress, which is seeking to return to power after a hiatus of 10 years, and Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). The Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP combine could be in for a drubbing in the state.