Among other high-profile contests, AAP's Bhagwant Mann lost to Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. Former BJP MP and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu won from the Amritsar East constituency.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal and other ministers were among those who congratulated Amarinder Singh and the Congress.
Here are the live updates of the Punjab assembly election result 2017:
I thank everyone in Punjab for their immense faith and support. This is a mandate for a brighter future for Punjab and it's youth- Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) March 11, 2017
My heartiest congratulations to Capt Amarinder Singhji & all our party workers who worked tirelessly @capt_amarinder- Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) March 11, 2017
The Congress is set to form a government in Punjab after 10 years.
Heartfelt gratitude to the people of Majitha for reposing their faith in us. We will put in best efforts to live up to their expectations.- Bikram Majithia (@bsmajithia) March 11, 2017
Congratulations to @capt_amarinder for winning Punjab elections.We hope that he will fulfill all the promises made to the people of Punjab.- Harsimrat Kaur Badal (@HarsimratBadal_) March 11, 2017
- There is no regret (on Punjab).
- We accept the defeat.
- PM Narendra Modi has congratulated Captain Amarinder Singh.
- We will study and analyse the defeat.
Sukhbir Singh Badal, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal, defeats AAP MP from Sanrgrur Bhagwant Mann in his home-turf of Jalalabad. However, the Akali Dal-BJP alliance has been defeated by the Congress. Presently, the party is leading in 18 assembly constituencies.
Ex-criketer Navjot Singh Sidhu has won the Amritsar East assembly constituency. Mr Sidhu, formerly in the BJP, had served two consecutive terms as Lok Sabha MP from Amritsar. He quit the BJP and joined the Congress ahead of the polls.
The AAP on Saturday said it was disappointed over losing the Punjab election but added that becoming the main opposition in the border state was also an achievement.
The Congress has won a comfortable majority, defeating the Akali Dal-BJP alliance and the AAP , paving way for Captain Amarinder Singh, chief of the party's state unit, to take oath as Chief Minister for the second time in his political career.
Bikram Singh Majithia, brother-in-law of Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, wins from the Majitha assembly constituency.
Advocate HS Phoolka, who represents victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, has won from the Dakha assembly constituency in north Punjab.
- We have to discuss the reason for the loss.
- We strive to do better next time around.
Grateful to the people of Punjab for their overwhelming support! With this verdict, it's time to bring back the heydays of Punjab!- Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) March 11, 2017
Let me take this opportunity to thank the Congress rank & file for their tremendous effort!- Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) March 11, 2017
- I said on the very first day that the voter of Punjab is very smart. They understood the AAP has no leadership, no credibility.
- He (Arvind Kejriwal) is a summer storm and he is gone.
- That is for Rahulji (Rahul Gandhi) to decide. (When asked about his deputy chief minister)
- We go by what our central leadership thinks is best.
- People of Punjab want industry and jobs.
- It is the Congress workers who worked. He (Prashant Kishor) was a strategist. But of course I am very happy with his work.
- We have to leave the mentality of revenge behind and work for Punjab's development.
- We have to fight to bring back the lost pride and wealth of Punjab.
- One needs good intent to win. Kejriwal lost because his intent was not right. He wanted everything for himself.
- I want to promise Sonia Gandhi that we will present Punjab as an example. No sacrifice will be too large for it.
- What's the hurry brother? I am the principal of the school you went to. (When asked about the role he desires)
- If I have done well, all credit goes to my wife.
Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu is set to win Amritsar East as a Congress candidate. The former BJP MP has a lead of nearly 23,000 votes over his nearest rival, BJP's Rajesh Kumar Honey.
While the trends are highly unfavourable for the Congress in UP and Uttarakhand, it is scripting quite a different story in Punjab. With leads in 72 assembly constituencies, the Congress and Captain Amarinder Singh are set to make a comeback in the state after 10 years.
Captain Amarinder Singh could not have hoped for a better 75th birthday celebration. His party, the Congress, is making a comeback in Punjab after 10 years and he is expected to return as Chief Minister.
The Aam Aadmi Party had gone full blast with balloons and "Jai Ho" blaring on loudspeakers, anticipating smashing results from Punjab and Goa.
Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh is all set to be the Chief Minister for the second time in the agrarian state. As per 11 am, the Congress is six seats over the magic mark of 59 whereas the AAP, with leads in 27 seats, has regained the second place.
If current trends are to be believed, the Congress and Amarinder Singh are set to return to power in the agrarian state of Punjab. However, the Akali Dal-BJP coalition has fared better than expected,
The AAP seeks to expand its base in Punjab and Goa. Early trends indicated that the AAP would emerge as the second largest party. Presently, it is expected to become the third largest party behind Congress and the Akali Dal-BJP alliance, which has fared better than what the exit polls predicted.
The Congress took a lead in Punjab as votes were counted this morning. In leads for 79 seats, the Congress was ahead in 58. The Akali-BJP, was leading in 23.
Akali Dal-BJP is now in the second position whereas the Congress still seems to be in the driving seat.
The Akali Dal-BJP alliance is heading toward a decimation.
His key opponent General JJ Singh of Akali Dal is trailing.
He is the chief ministerial candidate of the Congress
AAP MP Bhagwant Mann is leading.
Congress is leading in 8 seats, Akali Dal and AAP leading in one each at 8.45 am
He is contesting against Congress' Amarinder Singh and AAP's Jarnail Singh
"AAP will form the government in Punjab with full majority. We have firm belief on the people of Punjab," says AAP leader Ashutosh to news agency ANI
Counting for 117 constituencies begins in all 54 centres across 27 locations in Punjab
Dr Roy: In 2012, Akali+BJP had 68 seats, Cong 46 - first time Punjab's revolving door was smashed. In 2014, AAP won equivalent of 33 seats - that was a big blow to Akalis who have been in power for 10 years now.