12032017-TTC-01.qxd 3/12/2017 1:41 AM Page 1 123 established in 1881 vol. 137 no. 70 | sunday, march 12, 2017 chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | 32 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd Punjab votes decisively Harish Khare P UNJAB has opted for change, stability and coherence. The Badals’ Akali Dal stands comprehensively rejected; Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party has been spurned, and Capt Amarinder Singh’s Congress has been voted in with a decisive majority. The change was inevitable; the Akalis had been asking to be kicked out. Top leaders’ individual wins apart, the vote is a massive rebuff to the Akali leadership’s cocky assertion of having written the blue book of ‘managing’ elections, as also a definite snub to all the deras and babas whose last-minute intervention was sought to override public disenchantment with the ruling party. A subtext to the vote is easily discernible: humongous dislike, bordering on near-hatred of the Badal family members and their arrogant commissars, known as halqa in-charges, who became synonymous with arrogance and corruption and represented an organised subversion of the conventional governing arrangements. Punjab could not possibly bear the burden of the Badals’ misrule for another five years. Many citizens had prayed that AAP would be the party to deliver Punjab from the Badals. Its appeal was anchored in its promise of subversion of the status quo. AAP did produce a subaltern alliance of the extreme left and the extreme right, and that, in the end, proved to be its undoing. The voters were not sure of AAP’s ability to first create anarchy and then carve a working order out of the chaos. Punjab had lost its taste for anarchy once for all after the ‘militancy’ was defanged. It is a vote for stability and purposeful governance. The faction-ridden Congress has too many prima donnas; but the old Congress culture should not be allowed to hobble Amarinder Singh, whom the party was rather reluctant to name as its chief-ministerial face. Admittedly, Amarinder Singh is a tired and aged man, but he should feel doubly invigorated by the very idea of showcasing Punjab as a model Congress state. It would be counterproductive for the new government to get lured by vendetta and vengeance; the voters did not approve of AAP leaders’ threat to send everyone to jail. Too much preoccupation with corruption produces neither sound administration nor jobs. The 2017 mandate clearly enjoins the Congress to give Punjab a firm and fair government. BJP 1 OTHERS TOTAL SEATS 60 IND 1 BJP, allies look to form govt in hung Manipur Bijay Sankar Bora Tribune News Service Guwahati, March 11 The BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) is exploring the possibility of forming the next government in Manipur with waferthin majority as no party has gained simple majority in the 60-member Assembly. While the Congress has emerged as the single largest party claiming 28 seats, it has failed to win simple majority and is unlikely to muster support from smaller parties to form the government. Coming out strongly in the Assembly for the first time, the BJP has ended up as the second largest party winning 21 seats. The BJP-led alliance is looking at the prospects of forming the next government with two of its constituents — Naga People’s Front (NPF) and Nationalist People’s Party (NPP) — winning eight seats among themselves. A party or a coalition needs 31 seats to stake claim. The LJP which , has won one seat, has extended support to the BJP The sup. port of an Independent can get the alliance through. NOTA OTHERS 20.4 0.5 BJP LJP 2.6 VOTE SHARE (IN %) CONG IND 5.1 35.1 CAPTAIN IS75, CONG 77 win. I had ❝ It’s a monumentalthe best gift that expected 65 seats. It’s AAP bubble has burst. Summer storm that came and went. Maur blast, charge of extremist links worked against AAP. I could have got on my 75th birthday. CONG tribune news service Chandigarh, March 11 Winning 77 of the 117 Assembly seats, just one short of a two-third majority, the Capt Amarinder Singh-led Congress today stormed to power in Punjab, riding a strong antiincumbency wave against the SAD-BJP and warding off a fiery challenge by AAP . The PPCC chief, who turned 75 today, said he could not have got a better birthday gift. Capt Amarinder Singh has convened a meeting of party MLAs tomorrow to elect the leader of the Congress Legislature Party in the presence of party observers. After meeting the Governor to stake claim to form the government, he is likely to leave for Delhi to meet Congress vicepresident Rahul Gandhi. With all three regions — Malwa, Majha and Doaba —- having sent Congress candidates to the Assembly, he would have to strike a fine balance while forming his Cabinet. The Congress put up its second-best performance in the state — it had won 87 seats in ❞ I will resign tomorrow. I congratulate the winners and advise the losers to work hard the next time. I have never challenged anyone. BJP 77 Sarbjit Dhaliwal It is for the Congress vice-president to decide if Navjot Singh Sidhu is to be made Deputy CM. 3 SAD 15 AAP 20 LIP 2 117 Parkash Singh Badal, TOTAL SEATS IND OTHERS BJP 2.1 4.4 5.4 AAP 23.7 VOTE SHARE (IN %) PUNJAB CM NOTA 0.7 We accept the people’s mandate with full humility. All party workers worked very hard. Our struggle will continue. CONG 38.5 SAD 25.2 Arvind Kejriwal, Capt Amarinder Singh at a media briefing in Chandigarh on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI AAP CONVENER PUNJAB VERDICT 2017 A four-page pullout of results for readers in Punjab, tricity 1992. The party also won the byelection to the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat with GS Aujla defeating RS Chhina of the BJP by 1,99,189 votes. The SAD-BJP alliance was relegated to the third spot (18 seats) behind AAP in the state polls, which emerged as the largest Opposition party with 20 seats. AAP’s ally Lok Insaaf Party, that contested five seats, won two. The BJP bagged three of the 23 seats it contested. The party tally in 2012 was 12. A beaming CM-designate Capt Amarinder Singh, said tackling the drug menace would be his government’s top priority. He announced that various promises made in the party manifesto would be implemented right away. Hitting out at SAD, Capt Amarinder blamed the party for “bringing the state down to its knees” and mocked AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal, likening him to a “summer storm that had come and gone”. Capt Amarinder lost the Lambi seat to CM Parkash Singh Badal but won from Patiala, trouncing SAD's Gen (retd) JJ Singh whose deposit was forfeited. AAP had pinned high hopes on the Punjab polls, a state where it won four seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. It expected major gains in Malwa but was disappointed. detailed reports inside CONG 9 28 Almost 2/3rd majority b’day gift; AAP+ distant second at 22, SAD-BJP 18 36.3 Biggest Pradesh, clear Uttar: Modi BJP Tribune News Service Lucknow,March 11 Ending a 14-year “vanvaas” in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP juggernaut has stormed the Hindi heartland on the “parivartan” plank, winning 325 of the 403 seats, leading to an almost “Samajwadi-Congress-BSP mukt” Uttar Pradesh. These parties together mustered a measely 74 seats. The BJP on its own won 312 seats and its alliance partner Apna Dal nine and the Suhel Dev Bharatiya Samaj Party four, taking the BJP tally to 324 — way beyond exit poll predictions. None saw the BJP cornering a whopping 39.7 per cent of the vote share. It was virtually a repeat of the BJP tsunami in 2014 when, along with ally Apna Dal, it had won 72 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats. The Narendra Modi-Amit Shah team campaigned aggressively, putting the entire Opposition on the back foot 312 SP 47 BSP CONG APNA DAL OTHERS IND 19 7 9 TOTAL SEATS 6 3 403 OTHERS CONG 6.5 6.3 SP NOTA IND 0.9 21.8 2.6VOTE SHARE BJP 39.7 (IN %) BSP 22.2 BJP workers with a cut-out of PM Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah in Bhubaneswar on Saturday. PTI — be it Congress’ Rahul Gandhi, SP’s Akhilesh Yadav or BSP’s Mayawati. Repackaging demonetisation in the rich-versus poor idiom and pursuing soft Hindutva in the qabristan- shamshaan sub-text, paid the BJP rich dividends. “Samjhane se nahi, behkaney se vote mile” (votes were won not by convincing people, but by misrepresenting facts)”, remarked Sama- jwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav during his first interaction with the media after he had conceded defeat. The SPCongress alliance wrapping up just 55 (48+7) seats sends out a clear message that UP perhaps was not so enthusiastic about their ‘saath’. While Yadav defended the alliance as the coming together of two young leaders, claiming it would continue in the future, whispers within the party on the Congress “puncturing” the cycle are already doing the rounds. The BSP believed to be the , X-factor in these elections, was hugely overrated, even by the exit polls. It appears to have reached the end of the road, winning merely 19 seats. However, its vote share of 22.2 per cent is marginally better than the SP’s vote share of 21.8 per cent. Another calculation of pollsters going haywire was the ostensible return of the Jats to Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) that won only one seat, Chhaprauli in Baghpat, where Sahender Singh Ramala defeated BJP candidate Satinder Singh by 3,842 votes. While it is too early to say what exactly led to the BJP’s astounding success, assuming that Amit Shah’s meticulous social engineering of giving representation to non-Jatav Dalits and non-Yadav OBC alone was responsible for it would be rather simplistic. BJP sweeps Uttarakhand, CM Rawat humiliated SMA Kazmi CONG Tribune News Service Dehradun, March 11 In an unprecedented electoral success, the BJP riding on the , Modi wave, won 57 of the total 70 seats in Uttarakhand, the maximum by any party since the creation of the state. For the Congress, that won just 11 seats, the defeat was complete with Chief Minister Harish Rawat losing from both Haridwar Rural and Kichha in Udham Singh Nagar. Most of his Cabinet colleagues, except Indira Hriydesh from Haldwani and Pritam Singh from Chakrata, lost too. Speaker Govind BJP 57 BSP NOTA 11 7 1 IND 10 TOTAL SEATS 70 2 VOTE IND CONG BJP workers celebrate the party’s victory in the Assembly elections, at party headquarters in New Delhi on Saturday. MUKESH AGGARWAL >> the BJP both faced defeat. Kishore Upadhaya, the state Congress chief, was trounced by sitting BJP legislator SHARE 33.5 2 Singh Kunjwal won by just 399 votes from Jageshwar. Interestingly, the state presidents of the Congress and OTHERS (IN %) Sehdev Pundir from Sahaspur. The BJP state president, Ajay Bhatt, lost to Karan Mahra of the Congress Today’s issue is of 32 pages, including eight-page Spectrum. BJP 46.5 by 49,081 votes in Ranikhet. The BSP and the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (UKD) were decimated. They failed to open their account. The BSP had three legislators in the outgoing Assembly and the UKD one — Pritam Singh Panwar. He decided to fight as an Independent from Dhanaulti and won. Ram Singh Kaira, a Congress rebel, too won as an Independent from Bhimtal. Most Congress rebel MLAs, who had joined the BJP in March last year in a bid to oust the Rawat government, except Shailendar Mohan Singhal (Jaspur), were victorious. The father-son duo of Yashpal Arya and Sanjeev Arya won from Bazpur and Nainital, respectively. 3 BJP 13 TOTAL SEATS 40 BJP back in saddle after 14 yrs; alliance bags 3/4th majority in 403-member UP House Shahira Naim IND 17 LJP 21 CONG /thetribunechd OTHERS 7 Cong edges past BJP in split Goa Panaji, March 11 The BJP today suffered acute reversals in Goa where it won only 13 seats in the 40-member House as the poll results threw up a hung Assembly with the opposition Congress emerging as the single largest party with 17 seats. The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, the Goa Forward Party and Independents won three each, while the NCP bagged one seat. The majority mark is 21. Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, who bit the dust in Mandrem, submitted his resignation to Governor Mridula Sinha. The Congress, which had nine seats in the outgoing House, steeply increased its tally to 17, besides ensuring the victory of a party-backed Independent candidate. Besides the humiliating defeat of Parsekar, who lost by over 7,000 votes, six BJP ministers fell by the wayside. The Aam Aadmi Party, which had hit the state with fanfare, drew a blank. Sources said the Congress may stake claim to form the government with support from Independents and others. — PTI IND OTHERS 26.8 NOTA 11.1 1.2 BJP VOTE SHARE (IN %) CONG 28.4 32.5
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