The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) made inroads into Punjab's political scene as it won the Sangrur, Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib and Faridkot seats. Meanwhile, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley was the big loss for the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) combine in Punjab as he was defeated by former chief minister and Congress candidate Amarinder Singh by nearly one lakh votes.
AAP emerges in Punjab with 4 seats, SAD-BJP bags 6 while Congress takes 3
AAP candidate Sadhu Singh wins from Faridkot (SC) Lok Sabha seat, defeating sitting MP and SAD candidate Paramjit Kaur Gulshan by 1,72,516 votes.
Congress candiadte Ravneet Singh Bittu wins Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat
Ranjit Singh Brahmpura wins Khadoor Sahib Lok Sabha seat
AAP's Dr Dharamvira Gandhi wins Patiala by 20,941 votes
Congress candidate Santokh Chaudhary wins in Jalandhar by 70889 votes
Harsimrat Badal wins in Bathinda by 19939 votes
AAP candidate Harinder Singh Khalsa sweeps Fatehgarh Sahib seat by a margin of 54,103 votes. Congress candidate Sadhu Singh got 3,13,128 votes while SAD candidate Kulwant Singh got 3,12,782 votes.
Sher Singh Ghubaya of SAD declared winner from Ferozepur. Ghubaya defeated Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar 31,420 votes. BJP's Vijay Sampla wins by a margin of 13582 votes from Hoshiarpur.
2.30pm: Ludhiana constituency
SAD's Manpreet Ayali 2.35 lakh vote
Congress' Ravneet Singh Bittu 2.75 lakh vote
AAP's HS Phoolka 2.56 lakh vote
Simarjit Singh Bains 1.95 lakh vote. Around 10% votes pending for Counting.
1.50pm: Vinod Khanna leading by 127713 votes from Gurdaspur constituency
After 8th round, Amarinder leads by 67700
1.53 pm: Harsimrat leading by 18,000 votes
Jalandhar constituency till 1.25pm
SAD Pawan Kumar Tinu- 283551
Congress' Satokh Choudhary 232952
After 7th round, Amarinder leads by 58037
After round 6, Capt Amarinder Singh leads by 48182 votes
1.15pm: Harsimrat leading by 16,000 votes
1.00pm: Ravneet Bittu leading by 16,667 votes in Ludhiana
12.50 pm: Harsimrat leading by 9345 votes
12.45pm: Vinod Khanna leading by 1.4 lakh votes from Gurdaspur constituency
12.30 pm: In a surprising result, former diplomat and AAP candidate Harinder Khalsa leading with a margin of 25,000 votes from Fatehgarh Sahib.
12.30 pm: Harsimrat Badal leading by 7685 votes
After 5th round, Capt Amrinder Singh leads by 37,555 votes
12.30 pm: Congress' Santokh Chaudhary leading by 51,719.
12.15: Harsimrat leading by 10,000 votes
Dr Dharamvira Gandhi lead with a margin of 1894 votes after 8th round
AAP's Ludhiana candidate HS Phoolka leading by 63 votes after round six
12 noon: Harsimrat Badal leading by 6300 votes
Ludhiana at 11.45am
SAD's Manpreet Ayali- 126000
Congress' Ravneet Singh Bittu-136000
AAP's HS Phoolka-133000
Independent Simarjit Singh Bains- 96000
11. 45 am: Bhagwant Mann declared winner from Sangrur
AAP candidate Harinder Singh Khalsa leading from Fatehgarh Sahib constituency by a margin of 11,959 votes after fourth round.
11.30 am: Vinod Khanna leading by 63,348 votes From Gurdaspur
Jalandhar constituency at 11.12 am
Cong's Santokh Chaudhary-188070
SAD's Pawan Kumar Tinu -154782
AAP's Jyoti Mann 125626
Congress leads by 33288 votes in Jalandhar
Congress's Capt Amarinder Singh leading by 24044 votes after third round
11.05 am: Harsimrat Badal leading by 10,200 votes from Bathinda
11am: Harsimrat Badal leading by 11,392 votes from Bathinda
At 10.45 am: Congress candidate Ravneet Bittu is leading by 12,122 votes from Ludhiana
Vinod Khanna leading by 43839 votes at 11 am
Jalandhar till 10.35 am
Congress' Santokh Chaudhary- 138469 votes
SAD's Pawan Kumar Tinu- 11370 votes
AAP's Jyoti Mann-92061 votes
BSP candidatec13465 votes
Congress leads by 24,762 votes
Congress candidate Ravneet Bittu is leading by 1547 votes by 9.30am
Punjab results at 10.15 am
Capt Amarinder leading by 21196 votes in Amritsar
Prem Singh Chandumajra from Anandpur Sahib leading by 12823 votes
Harsimrat Badal leading by 911 votes from Bathinda.
Sadhu Singh (AAP) from Faridkot leading by 8795.
Kulwant singh from Fatehgarh Sahib leading by 2312 votes.
Sher Singh Ghubhaya of SAD leading by 36,372 votes from Ferozpur
Vinod Khanna (BJP) from Gurdaspur leading by 27,887 votes.
Vijay Sapla (BJP) Hoshiarpur leading by 2101 votes.
Santokh Singh Chaudhary leads by 11,487 votes.
Deepinder Singh Dhillon (SAD) leading by 63423 in Patiala.
Ranjit Singh Brahmpura (SAD) from Khadoor Sahib leading by 15,193 votes.
Ravneet Singh Bittoo (Cong) leading by 3369 votes.
Jalandhar till 9.50 am.:
*Congress's Santokh Chaudhary-60596
*SAD's pawan Kumar Tinu- 49664
*AAP's Jyoti Mann- 7835
Capt Amarinder leading by 7275 votes from Amritsar
Harsimrat leading by 3100 votes from bathinda in second round
Manpreet Badal leading by 1143 votes in Bathinda
Ambika Soni trailing behind Prem Singh Chandumajra from Anandpur Sahib
Kulwant Singh trailing from Fatehgarh Sahib
Bhagwant mann (AAP) 5036 vote
Vijay Inder Singla (Congress) 1549 vote
Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa (SAD-BJP) 3384 vote
Mann lead by 1652 vote
Congress nominee Santokh Chaudhary leads by 1348 votes
Arun Jaitley (BJP), Bhagwant Mann (AAP), Kirron Kher (BJP), Vinod Khanna (BJP), Sher Singh Ghubaya (SAD) leading in early trends.
BJP's Vijay Sampla leading by 2500 from Hoshiarpur Seat after first round
Counting begins, postal votes to be counted first
Arrangements in place for counting in Punjab
Foolproof security arrangements have been made for the counting of votes for all the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab tomorrow, an EC official said on Thursday.
"The counting would commence at 8 am and all arrangements have been made for counting of votes registered in the EVMs," he said.
During the polling, 71 per cent of total 1.95 crore voters sealed the fate of 253 contestants, including 19 women for the 13 seats.
In Amritsar, there is a clash of titans between Congress' Amarinder Singh and BJP's Arun Jaitley while Bathinda also grabbed eyeballs as Congress candidate Manpreet Singh Badal is facing Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's daughter-in-law and sitting MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
Besides, Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa has locked horns with actor-turned-politician and BJP's Vinod Khanna from Gurdaspur seat.
Former union minister Ambika Soni is fighting her maiden Lok Sabha battle from Anandpur Sahib and Sunil Kumar Jakhar, son of Balram Jakhar and the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly has contested as a Congress candidate from Ferozepur.
Congress had to prove a point as the party had lost two back to back Assembly polls in 2007 and 2012 in the state.
For the first time in the state, there is another alternative for voters in the form of AAP besides ruling SAD-BJP combine and the Congress.
The AAP has a celebrity in Bhagwant Mann. The comedian is contesting from Sangrur. The party hopes to make dent in Akali votes with H S Phoolka in Ludhiana and to eat into the Congress pie in Patiala with Dharamvir Gandhi projecting himself as a commoner against erstwhile royal and sitting MP Preneet Kaur.
SAD's Paramjeet Kaur Gulshan is eyeing a hat-trick of victories from Faridkot seat against Congress candidate and siting MLA Joginder Singh.
Late Chief Minister Beant Singh's grandson Ravneet Singh Bittu (Cong) was shifted from his Anandpur Sahib seat to Ludhiana after incumbent Manish Tewari opted out of race citing health concerns.
Besides, Congress also shifted its Jalandhar MP Mohinder Singh Kaypee to contest from Hoshiarpur seat leaving out sitting MP and union minister Santosh Choudhary.
Congress had also put its bet on sitting MLA Sadhu Singh Dharamsot from Fatehgarh Sahib by replacing sitting MP Sukhdev Singh Libra who after being denied ticket switched over to Akalis.
SAD's replaced sitting MP Ratan Singh Ajnala from Khadoor Sahib and it is make or break time for Akali stalwarts Ranjit Singh Brahmpura (Khadoor Sahab) and Prem Singh Chandumajra (Anandpur Sahib).
At present Congress has eight MPs, SAD four and its ally BJP has one MP in the state.