Punjab exit poll predictions: Aam Aadmi Party's national ambitions take flight

The Aam Aadmi Party, which is fighting its first election outside Delhi, could be the big winner on March 11.

With nearly all exit polls predicting a stupendous performance by the Aam Aadmi Party in Punjab, Arvind Kejriwal's party's national ambitions have got a perfect start.

The India Today-Axis exit poll has predicted 42-51 seats for AAP with a voter share of 33.5 per cent. While Congress is projected to lead with 62-71 seats, the relegation of the SAD-BJP combine looks complete with the alliance expected to win 4-7 seats.

The C-Voter survey predicts an even better showing by the AAP in the Punjab election. Of the 117 Assembly seats, Kejriwal-led AAP is expected to sweep 63 seats with Congress getting 45 seats and Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP getting 9 seats.

Several pollsters are predicting a neck-and-neck competition between the AAP and the Congress. News 24-Today's Chanakya has given both the Congress and the AAP 54 seats each and 9 seats to the ruling SAD-BJP government.

The NewsX-MRC poll also predicts similar results for Punjab with the Congress and the AAP expected to mop up 55 seats each, and the SAD-BJP alliance managing just 7 seats.

WHAT IS MAKING AAP CLICK WITH VOTERS

The AAP, which is making its political debut outside Delhi in this Assembly election, has projected itself as a "clean" alternative to the corruption-ridden Shiromani Akali Dal.

In rally after rally, Arvind Kejriwal and his party have accused the ruling government and the Congress government of working together to stop the Aam Aadmi Party from coming to power in Punjab.

The party said if voted to power it will fight the drug menace and rampant corruption in the political and bureaucratic circles of the state and put an end to farmer suicides.

AAP chose to talk on issues that affect the common people and therefore struck a chord with them. At a rally in Muktsar in Punjab, Kejriwal said he will act against Bikram Singh Majithia, whose name allegedly cropped up in a drug racket.

Like in Delhi, AAP relied on door-to-door campaigning to reach out to more voters in Punjab where volunteers informed people about the party's ideology.