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Election results 2017: BJP sweeps UP, U’khand; Congress returns in Punjab; no clear majority in Goa, Manipur

New Delhi: The BJP today registered a stunning victory in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, trampling a fragmented opposition that had hoped the demonetisation exercise would have chipped away at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity.

In Punjab, the Congress made a resounding comeback after a gap of a decade, getting an absolute majority in the 117-member Assembly. Riding on anti-incumbency, the Congress under the leadership of Captain Amarinder Singh decimated the SAD-BJP alliance winning 59 seats and was leading in 18 other seats.

With the ruling party facing a humiliating defeat, Chief Minister and Akali patriarch Parkash Singh Badal said that he will be submitting his resignation to the Governor tomorrow.

In Goa and Manipur, the verdict was not clear with both the BJP and Congress engaged in a close contest.  In the northeastern state, the BJP has bagged 21 of the 60 seats whereas the Congress won 27 seats.  In the coastal state, the ruling BJP won 13 while the Congress bagged 17 of the 40 seats. (Courtesy: indiatvnews.com)

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