Punjab Congress chief today won from his traditional assembly constituency of Patiala-Urban. He won here by 52,407 votes, defeating his Aam Aadmi Party rival, Balbir Singh.
Gen J.J. Singh, a former Army chief and ex-Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, who was the Shiromani Akali Dal candidate from Patiala-Urban seat, forfeited his security deposit in the election.
The ex-General polled only 11,677 votes compared to Amarinder's 72,586 votes.
Amarinder Singh, also the Congress party’s chief ministerial candidate, suffered a massive defeat in the Lambi assembly seat.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal defeated Singh by a margin of over 22,000 votes.
The Congress is today headed for a two-third majority in the 117-seat Punjab assembly, with veteran Amarinder Singh set to return as Chief Minister of the border state.
As per the current trends available, the Congress, which had been out of power in Punjab for a decade, had won 57 seats and was leading on 20 others, paving the way for the next Congress government in Punjab.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Amarinder Singh and congratulated him.