The exit polls further predicted an end to the ruling alliance. According to former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu, who joined the Congress days before the Punjab assembly elections, AAP will get around 40 seats and the SAD-BJP alliance about 10. However, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal claimed that his current alliance will win 72 seats. The AAP is also confident of bagging over 90 seats.
A total of 1,145 candidates are contesting in the elections. More than 14,000 officials have been deployed at 54 counting centres. Except for election observers, no one else will be allowed to carry mobile phones inside the counting centres.
Counting for five assembly elections - Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur - will begin 8 am tomorrow morning. By 12 noon, a final picture could emerge on who would be the major players in the five states.
(With Agency Inputs)