Uttar Pradesh (UP) Assembly Elections 2017
There are 403 assembly seats in this state, more than any other state of India. Winning in this region proves that the party is politically strong. Around 14 crore voters are eligible to cast their votes, largest tally of voters in a single state. Such large tally of voters belongs to different communities. Every party tries to turn the voters of every community to in their favor; however it is a tough task to do. In 2012 elections, SP won the elections with clear majority. They managed to bag 224 seats clearly turning the elections in their favor. Result of Uttar Pradesh elections was declared in favour of SP, allowing Akhilesh Yadav to take oath as CM for first time.
The Uttar Pradesh Elections will be carried out in 7 different phases. Voting on first phase will take place on 11, Feb 2017 and the last phase will see voting on 8, March 2017. Counting of votes will take place on 11 March, 2017 and UP election results will be declared on same day.
The last assembly elections saw a majority of win by Samajwadi Party. Akhilesh Yadav was appointed as CM of the state by party president Mulayam Singh Yadav. It was a test of Akhilesh to prove his leadership. In the upcoming elections, Akhilesh is the Chief Minister candidate of SP. Akhilesh’s party has seen few downs and controversies in the recent past. They have to win trust of voters despite all the negative publicity party is gaining, due to clash of thoughts between Akhilesh and Mulayam.
BSP is another main party which is eyeing to form their government for coming term. Mayawati led BSP is all set to promote them as best choice for the elections. Candidate list of aspiring MLAs has been declared by BSP. Party didn’t perform well in the 2012 elections, gaining only 80 seats. BSP would be aiming to turn this election in their favor and come in power again.
Two main national parties, BJP and Congress will also be testing their fate in UP elections. It will be a litmus test for BJP after their brave move of demonetizations. Post such a big decision, this is the first time when common man will speak with their votes. Ruling party BJP is expecting a big share of seats, considering opinion polls. Most of the opinion polls are in favor of BJP, a good sign for the party ruling in Centre. Both big parties will try their best to score good in Uttar pradesh elections results and come out as a winner.
Among these contenders, Congress will try to reclaim its lost esteem in these elections. Last few years have not been good for the party. UP have 403 assembly seats, winning more constituencies here will increase their presence in Vidhan Sabha. Congress is likely to target most of the constituencies in order to win with majority. The political battle of UP is very interesting in current scenario; none of the party seems like a clear favourite. Result of UP elections will be very important for all the parties, as this political war is fought in most populated state of the country.
Uttar Pradesh Election 2017 Date
The complete schedule of Uttar Pradesh elections is declared. Elections will be carried out in first quarter of this year (2017). UP elections will be held in 7 phases according to the official notification by election commission of India . UP elections will be held on total 403 seats of Vidhan Sabha and and voting will start on 11, Feb and it will end on 8 march, 2017. Last date of candidate nomination is also shared in the notification. All the different phases have different dates of nomination. Samajwadi Party scored victory in last elections with majority. Uttar Pradesh elections results will be declared on single day, for all 7 phases.
|Poll Event||Phase-1 (73 Acs)||Phase-2 (67 ACs)||Phase-3 (69 Acs)||Phase-4 (53 Acs)||Phase-5 (52 ACs)||Phase-6 (49 Acs)||Phase-7 (40 ACs)|
|Date of Notification||17.01.2017 (TUE)||20.01.2017 (FRI)||24.01.2017 (TUE)||30.01.2017 (MON)||02.02.2017 (THU)||08.02.2017 (WED)||11.02.2017 (SAT)|
|Date of Making Nomination||24.01.2017 (TUE)||27.01.2017 (FRI)||31.01.2017 (TUE)||06.02.2017 (MON)||09.02.2017 (THU)||15.02.2017 (WED)||18.02.2017 (SAT)|
|Scrutiny of Nominations||25.01.2017 (WED)||28.01.2017 (SAT)||02.02.2017 (THU)||07.02.2017 (TUE)||11.02.2017 (SAT)||16.02.2017 (THU)||20.02.2017 (MON)|
|Withdrawal of Candidature||27.01.2017 (FRI)||30.01.2017 (MON)||04.02.2017 (SAT)||09.02.2017 (THU)||13.02.2017 (MON)||18.02.2017 (SAT)||22.02.2017 (WED)|
|Date of Poll||11.02.2017 (SAT)||15.02.2017 (WED)||19.02.2017 (SUN)||23.02.2017 (THU)||27.02.2017 (MON)||04.03.2017 (SAT)||08.03.2017 (WED)|
|Date of Counting||11.03.2017 (Saturday)|
|Date of Completion||15.03.2017 (Wednesday)|
You May Check: Phase Wise Schedule with Dates
Main Issues of the State in This Elections
The state has severe issues including poverty, high crime rate, minimum development and basic education etc. However politicians take spotlight away from these important issues. UP politics and election agenda is generally kept limited to communities and casts. A large population of UP is below poverty line. Many other issues are quality of education, basic infrastructure, power supply, development of rural areas, and crime rate in the state, etc. These issues should be raised by parties to improve condition of Uttar Pradesh. Corruption has made the state’s condition even worse, taking away most of the money allotted for development and constructions.
Political Facts about Uttar Pradesh
|Uttar Pradesh Political Facts|
|Nominate Member (Anglo-Indian community)||1|
|Ruling Party||Samajwadi Party (SP)|
|Opposition Party||Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)|
|Current Chief Minister||Akhilesh Yadav, SP|
|Leader of the House||Akhilesh Yadav, SP|
|Leader of Opposition||Gaya Charan Dinkar, BSP|
|Current Term of Uttar Pradesh Assembly||28 May 2012 to 27 May 2017|
|Chief Electoral Officer||Arun Singhal|
Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly type is Bicameral, it has one lower house and one upper house. Lower house has 403 assembly constituencies and upper house (Vidhan Parishad) has 100 Members. 1 Member is nominated from Anglo-Indian community. It has 80 parlimentary constituencies.Such large number of seats in assembly elections contains voters of various communities. It is a diverse state where people have various issues and expectations from the government. Deep political knowledge of the state is necessary to turn the voters in your side. Every parties’ political experts looks closely to every move made by politicians. This state has not seen a party scoring consecutive wins in recent years.
Uttar Pradesh Opinion Polls Summary
Numerous Opinion polls are conducted by some news and survey agencies. Opinion survey predicts people’s view by taking opinion of small sample of people. These surveys are conducted in various regions of the state to get a better prediction. In most of the surveys, BJP have an edge over other parties. BSP and SP are experiencing a close fight in terms of votes. Congress doesn’t look good and is out of competition. None of the survey suggests win by majority in forthcoming elections.
Many reputed survey agencies and pollsters announced opinion polls, below is the summnaty of various opinion polls:
|India Today- My Axis||12 - Oct - 2016||170-183||115-124||94-103||8-12||2-6|
|VDP Associates||1 - Oct - 2016||190||87||111||5||NA|
|C Voter||2 - Sept - 2016||134-150||95-111||133-149||5-13||4-12|
|ABP News||March - 2016||120||185||80||13||5|
|ABP News-Lokniti Poll||124-134||103-113||141-151||8-14|
Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha Elections 2017
Uttar Pradesh is one of the biggest State of India and it has largest state in term of Population. As per previous elections held in 2012, 127492836 electors were in UP and 59.40% voters used their votes. 75725793 voters participated in the last election.
Since independence, congress has ruled Uttar Pradesh till 1974. In 1974 assembly elections, people of Uttar Pradesh chose some other party over congress for the first time in the history of Republic of India. After this election, congress hardly ruled the state till now. Janta Party was the first party to defeat congress in the country. After which various other parties got introduced in Uttar Pradesh elections. In recent years, SP and BSP were considered as main contenders of the elections. In forthcoming elections, they are facing tough competitions from Bhartiya Janta Party
Constituencies in Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh has 403 Vidhan Sabha seats and 80 Lok Sabha seats, which are highest in India. 202 seats are required to form the government. In last assembly elections (2012) Samajwadi party won 224 seats out of 403 and formed the Government.
Among the 403 Vidhan Sabha seats, 85 seats are reserved for scheduled caste candidate. Out of 80 parliamentary constituencies, 17 seats are reserved for scheduled caste. Due to such large number of assembly seats in the state, elections are carried out in numerous phases. In this region of the country, people from different caste and religion are inhabited. Muslim voters plays an important role in forming the government. Various caste are also focussed by politicians to ensure a marginal win.
Political Parties in Uttar Pradesh
Below table is showing the major parties of Uttar Pradesh
|Samajwadi Party (SP)|
|Bharatiya Janata party (BJP)|
|Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)|
|Indian National Congress (INC|
|Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD)|
|Communist party of India (CPI)|
Uttar Pradesh Assembly Constituencies
BSP Candidates List 2017
BJP Candidates List
INC Candidates List
SP Candidates List