Chandigarh: Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder has expressed the confidence of his party forming the next government in the state with a clear majority.
Reacting to the exit polls, Captain Amarinder said he was optimistic that his party would attain a clear majority with 62-65 seats in its kitty. The exit polls were merely indicative of the positive trend in favour of the Congress but the actual results would be completely in favour of the party, he added.
The party, said Captain Amarinder, was fully prepared to take on the onerous responsibility of bringing the state back from the throes of economic and social ruin, into which it had been plunged by the outgoing Badal government.
In a statement issued here on Thursday evening following the release of the exit polls, which media houses had held back earlier as per an Election Commission (EC) directive, Captain Amarinder said its internal assessments indicated a sweeping majority for the party. The Congress chief ministerial candidate had earlier, on the occasion of the launch of his authorised biography, said his own gut feeling, based on his political experience, suggested that the party would secure between 62 and 65 seats.
The people of Punjab have voted for stability and development, which only the Congress is equipped to provide, said the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was obviously headed for a total washout in these polls, with the huge pent-up resentment against their misrule having perceptibly translated into negative votes, said Captain Amarinder.
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