Outgoing Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said that he will submit his resignation to Governor V.P. Singh Badnore on Sunday.
The ability of the Congress to wrest 20 seats from AAP's Lok Sabha kitty eventually turned out to be the game-changer. The Shiromani Akali Dal, which ruled Punjab for 10 years with alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), finished third with 15 seats.
In Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party's Shivpal Yadav won by 52,616 votes from Jaswantnagar seat. New govt's priority Amrinder Singh said his government will commit itself to good governance, tackling the drug menace, and focus on health and education. Meanwhile, Congress picked up the majority of seats in all three regions of Malwa, Majha and Doaba. Things will be decided when I meet Rahul Gandhi, Singh told the media this morning. In just about 24 hours after the Congress brushed aside the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the SAD-BJP combine to sweep Punjab, the State witnessed political hustle-bustle despite it being a holiday. Singh also sought cooperation of the Narendra Modi-led central government, saying the people of Punjab want development, jobs, industry, better education and health.
Badal, 89, the oldest Chief Minister in the country, said: "I am grateful to the people of Punjab for giving me an opportunity to serve them. I seek forgiveness for any mistakes". But Amarinder Singh won his traditional Patiala Urban seat by over 52,400 votes. The satta market is betting on AAP, but Amarinder Singh is betting on himself and his party?
Among the frontrunners for cabinet berths are cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu who joined the Congress just 19 days before the polls after having resigned from the BJP past year.
Former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, former leader of the Opposition Sunil Jakhar and former minister Jagmoahn Singh Kang missed out on ministerial opportunities as they lost their elections. "Kejriwal had wrong intentions".
To a question on Navjot Singh Sidhu's role in the new Congress dispensation, he said the decision rested with Mr. Gandhi. The AAP also finished second in 26 constituencies.