Monday, February 25, 2002, Chandigarh, India
 Updated at 3:00 am (IST)

Congress wrests power in Punjab
Badal resigns as several ministers lick dust
Punjab Assembly final position
Total seats 117 
Election held 116 
INC 62 
SAD 41 
BJP 03 
Independent  09 
CPI  01

Chandigarh, February 24
True to expectations, the Congress has romped home with a clear majority in spite of a gallant fight put up by the Shiromani Akali Dal in one of the most fiercest and toughest battles for electoral supremacy in Punjab in the past more than three decades.


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Capt Amarinder Singh celebrates the victory of the Congress Amarinder vows clean-up
Badal submits resignation

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Capt Amarinder Singh celebrates the victory of the Congress in the Punjab Assembly elections at Punjab Congress Bhavan in Chandigarh on Sunday. 
— Tribune photo Pankaj Sharma

Special editorial
Meaning of the verdict
Hari Jaisingh
uided by their earthy common sense the people have their own way of settling scores at the hustings—sometimes selectively, sometimes half-heartedly and occasionally decisively. Seen in this light, the 2002 verdict in the Assembly elections in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur and Uttaranchal is a mixed fare.

SP largest party in UP, BJP out
Lucknow, February 24
The BJP was today voted out of power in Uttar Pradesh in a hung verdict that saw Samajwadi Party emerging as the single largest party after the BSP put up an impressive show as the race for power narrowed down to the two regional parties.

BJP adopts wait-and-watch policy
Vajpayee holds meeting with senior leaders
New Delhi, February 24
Putting up a brave face, the BJP today decided to adopt a wait-and- watch stance keeping all options open. Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee held a meeting with senior colleagues from the party and the government at his residence to take stock of the situation.


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Uttaranchal goes to Cong
Dehra Dun, February 24
The Congress today stormed to power in Uttaranchal bagging 36 seats in the 70-member Assembly. The ruling BJP could win only 19 seats as the results of all 70 seats were declared this evening.

Cong ahead in Manipur
Imphal, February 24
Coming from behind, the Congress was marching ahead in the 60-member Manipur Assembly, romping home in 11 seats pushing the BJP and the Federal Party of Manipur (FPM) far behind with three and seven seats, respectively.


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Jaya, Modi win Assembly byelections
Gowda, Scindia jr LS victors

New Delhi, February 24
AIADMK chief J. Jayalalithaa and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi were among the winners of the Assembly byelections — seven in five states — while the six Lok Sabha bypolls in as many states returned former Prime Minister H. D. Deve Gowda to Parliament besides giving a record-first win to Jyotiraditya, son of the late Congress leader Madhavrao Scindia.

Yamunanagar INLD man romps home
Yamunanagar, February 24
INLD candidate Mr Malik Chand Gambhir today won the byelection for the Yamunanagar Assembly constituency by more than 12,000 votes even as the INLD’s opponents tried to play down the success of the INLD nominee.
Abhey Chautala greets the newly elected MLA
Mr Abhey Chautala greets the newly elected MLA from Yamunanagar who defeated the HVP, Congress and BJP candidate.

Opposition braces to take on govt in Budget session
New Delhi, February 24
A beligerent Opposition is all set to take on the government in the Budget session of Parliament beginning tomorrow. With the heat and dust of Assembly polls behind them , the Opposition led by the Congress is hoping to pin down the ruling party on several national issues, which it says were raised by the BJP in the electioneering campaign.


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