Early trends lead to different reactions in party offices of Punjab
The Congress looked on course for a majority in Punjab, early counting trends indicated, bringing good new for birthday boy Capt Amarinder Singh who is the party’s chief minister candidate. The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP combine, whose rout was predicted in exit polls, was leading new entrant, the Aam Aadmi Party. SAD office in Chandigarh wears a deserted look; party has already served two consecutive terms, and is currently in third place. Though a majority of exit polls had pointed to a hung House but early hours of counting indicated that AAP had not performed as well as expected.