Punjab Assembly Election Results LIVE UPDATES: Strong lead for Congress, AAP second

Punjab Assembly Election Results LIVE UPDATES: Strong lead for Congress, AAP second.

For the first time in recent history, Punjab is witnessing a three-cornered fight for its 117-seat Assembly.

The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance, which has been in office for two terms, is facing a tough fight from the Congress and state politics debutant, Aam Aadmi Party.

If exit polls are to be believed, the SAD-BJP combine is looking at a rout, with some polls predicting that the alliance will fail to even reach double digits in the 2017 Vidhan Sabha polls. Counting began at 8 am at 54 centres in 27 locations where the state election commission has deployed more than 14,000 officials.

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09:19 IST: Congress leads in 24 seats, Shiromani Akali Dal in 11, Aam Aadmi Party in 13 and the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2.09:16 IST: Congress keeps pulling ahead in early leads. The party is now leading in 16 seats, while the AAP leads in 11 seats. SAD-BJP, meanwhile, leads in six seats.

09:13 IST: Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party and Mamata Banarjee's Trinamool Congress, who have also fielded candidates for the Punjab Assembly, have so far no registered leads in any seats.

09:11 IST: Congress now leading in 15 Punjab Vidhan Sabha seats, the Aam Aadmi Party in seven seats, while the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party coalition leads in four seats.

09:08 IST: Today's results will also determine who becomes the MP of the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat. The seat was vacated by Congress's Amarinder Singh in November 2016 and by-election for the seat along with the Punjab Assembly election.09:01 IST: Congress now leads in nine seats in the Punjab Assembly. The Aam Aadmi Party is currently second, leading in five seats. The ruling SAD-BJP alliance leads in three seats.08:58 IST: Congress and AAP are both pulling ahead in Punjab, leading in six and five Assembly seats respectively. The ruling SAD-BJP alliance leads in two seats.

08:54 IST: CM Parkash Singh Badal, AAP's Bhagwant Mann, Congress's Navjot Singh Sidhu lead in their respective seats.

08:53 IST: Congress now leading in five seats in Punjab. Arvind Kerjriwal's Aam Aadmi Party leads in two seats, while the SAD-BJP combine leads in two seats.

08:47 IST: AAP and Congress both lead in three seats each in Punjab. SAD-BJP alliance leading in one seat.

08:45 IST: Navjot Singh Sidhu leading in Amritsar East.

08:45 IST: Punjab deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal trailing in Jalalabad, where he is facing off against AAP's Bhagwant Mann, who is leading in the constituency.

08:39 IST: To win a simple majority in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, a party will need to win 59 seats.

08:37 IST: Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal is leading from Lambi. Congress's chief minister candidate Captain Amarinder Singh is second and the Aam Aadmi Party's Jarnail Singh is third.

08:34 IST: Congress now leading in three seats in Punjab. AAP currently leading in two seats while SAD-BJP leads in one seat.

08:30 IST: Will Badal return as Punjab's chief minister? We will know in a few hours.

08:30 IST: Prakash Singh Badal, the incumbent chief minister, is leading in Lambi, where he is fighting against AAP's Jarnail Singh and Congress's Amarinder Singh.

08:27 IST: The SAD-BJP combine is leading in one seat, Congress in two and the Aam Aadmi Party in two seats.

08:24 IST: Drone cameras are being used at the counting centre for the first time in Lucknow. Four cameras are being used.