Political Facts about Punjab Politics
|Punjab Political Facts|
|Current Term of Punjab Assembly||19 March 2012 to 18 March 2017|
|Ruling Party||Shiromani Akali Dal (BJP Alliance)|
|Opposition Party||Indian National Congress (INC)|
|Current Chief Minister||Shri Parkash Singh Badal (SAD)|
|Leader of the House||Shri Parkash Singh Badal (SAD)|
|Leader of Opposition||Charanjit Singh Channi, INC|
|Speaker||Charanjit Singh Atwal, SAD|
|Deputy Speaker||Dinesh Singh, BJP|
|Governor||Shri V.P. Singh Badnore|
|Cheif Electoral Officer||Shri V.K Singh|
Punjab legislative assembly structure is unicameral. It has 117 seats and it has 13 parliamentary seats. Current CM is Parkash Singh Badal of Shiromani Akali Dal in alliance with Bhartiya Janta Party. To win the elections with majority, 59 seats are required. BJP did not contest on all the seat in recent elections, and was in alliance with SAD. On the other hand, INC declares its candidates on all constituency seats. AAP will also make its debut in the assembly elections of Punjab.
Punjab Election 2017 Date
Assembly elections dates were declared in January by Election commission of India. Elections will be held in one single phase in the state, despite large number of constituencies. Voting date of Punjab assembly elections is 04 Feb, 2017. On 11th March, elections results of all the constituencies wil be declared. Parties have declared names of their aspiring candidates. Last date of making nominations is 18 January, 2017. These Punjab assembly election results will decide the next Cheif Minister of the state. Election Commission has announced the poll dates for Punjab.
|Punjab Election Schedule|
|Issue of Notification||11.01.2017 (WED)|
|Last date for making Nominations||18.01.2017 (WED)|
|Scrutiny of Nominations||19.01.2017 (THU)|
|Last date for withdrawal of candidature||21.01.2017 (SAT)|
|Date of Poll||04.02.2017 (SAT)|
|Date of Counting||11.03.2017 (SAT)|
|Date before which election process shall be completed||15.03.2017 (WED)|
Punjab Opinion Polls Summary
Many reputed survey agencies and pollsters already announced opinion polls. The polls are predicting bad news for the current government. India Today - My Axis survey has predicted that Congress will win most number of seats in elections but the party does not seem to score big in other polls. In most of the surveys, Aam Aadmi Party is expected to win the assembly elections 2017 with majority. BJP+SAD alliance does not look good as per these reports. The road to forming government does not appear smooth for BJP+SAD and INC, with the addition of AAP.
INC are second favourite in most of the survey leaving BJP behind. These assembly elections are expected to be a little more interesting with the debut of AAP in Punjab politics. AAP looks like the clear favourites in most of the polls. Opinion polls projects that people of this region are not very happy with current government. However these polls predicts, the true picture will only be revealed by Punjab election results 2017. below is the summary of various Punjab opinion polls in the tabular format:
|India Today- My Axis||13 - Oct - 2016||17-21||49-55||42-46||3-7|
|HuffPost-C Voter||March 2016||6-12||8-14||94-100||0-3|
|India Trending Now||9-13||16-20||85-89||0-2|
Punjab Vidhan Sabha Elections 2017
Punjab Vidhan Sabha has 117 assembly seats and 2012 elections were won by Shiromani Akali Dal in alliance with the Bhartiya Janta Party. Main issues of Punjab elections 2017 are drug abuse, unemployment, corruption, Sutlej Yamuna link canal, etc. Last elections were held in 2012 and Parkash Singh Badal was appointed as Chief Minister of Punjab Vidhan Sabha. Punjab has 117 Vidhan Sabha seats and 13 Lok Sabha seats. 59 seats are required to form the government.
This year a relatively new political party, AAP has announced that they will contest the upcoming Punjab polls. AAP won Delhi elections with huge margin, winning 67 seats out of 70 seats. Aam Aadmi Party has already announced the candidate list for the upcoming polls. Punjab election results 2017 will be affected by the introductin of Aam Aadmi Party in assembly polls.
Punjab Elections 2012
INC is the opposition party with Charanjit Singh Channi as opposition leader. In 2012 elections, BJP won 12 seats among the 23 seats on which party contested. Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) fought on 94 seats, out of which they claimed 56 seats. Congress contested on most most number of seats(117), and ended up winning 46 seats. SAD was in alliance with BJP, so the combined count of seat was 68. After Punjab elections result declaration, SAD+BJP alliance formed the government appointing Parkash Singh Badal as the CM of Punjab. Congress was declared as main opposition party led by Amarinder Singh. Parkash Singh Badal will complete his two consecutive terms in 2017.
Main Issues focussed in Punjab Elections 2017
Punjab is troubled with many serious issues which have caused distress in the state since a long time. Issues such as drug addiction, unemployment, corruption, reducing water sources are the main concerns of state. In the previous elections, many parties has included these issues in their manifesto. However the condition has only deteriorated over the years. These issues are still prime focus for the political parties in elections.
Punjab is known for its agriculture and reduction of water level in the state is one prime reason of worry. It should be taken seriously as it affects the country along with state. Unemployment is another area where improvement is required as a significant level as it is one cause for rising crime level of any state. It should also deal with corruption and drug addiction which are thermite to the development of state. Every political party will project themselves as only solution to the current issues. Major issues is one of the many tools used by parties since ages, to win the elections. The way in which parties handle these issues while campaigning, results of Punjab elections will be impacted by that.
Political Parties in Punjab
Below table is showing the major political parties of Punjab
|Indian National Congress|
|Shiromani Akali Dal|
|Bhartiya Janta Party|
|Bahujan Samaj Party|
|Aam Aadmi Party|
|Punjab Democratic Party|