New Delhi: The Congress is likely to emerge as the single largest party in Punjab in the Assembly election due early next year.
According to the India Today-Axis Opinion Poll, the grand old party may win 49-55 seats.
On the other, Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), may end as runners-up with 42-46 seats.
As for vote share, Congress may command a third of Punjab's votes (33%) and the AAP will trail at 30.
Meanwhile, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) combine is likely to end 17 to 21 seats as per the opinion poll.
BJP-SAD alliance may get 15% of the votes.
Around 76 percent of the participants also agreed that the drug menace is a major problem, and 80 percent blamed politicians for not being able to control it.
The poll also said that around 22 percent votes that had gone to the BJP-SAD alliance in the past have shifted to the AAP, while 19 percent votes shifted to the Congress.
The opinion poll surveyed 6,552 people in all 117 constituencies.
(With IANS inputs)