After declaration of result, it became very clear that Congress will form their government in the state. Their CM candidate Captain Amarinder Singh took other as CM of Punjab on 16 March, 2017. INC won in Punjab with majority, with 77 seats in their bag. The party performed very good, despite the chances of AAP sweeping in this state, as claimed by various opinion polls and exit polls. The SAD+BJP alliance only won 18 seats, and AAP won 20 seats. They were not able to pose any challenge for INC in 2017 Punjab elections. The date of Punjab elections 2017 was declared by election commission as 04 February 2017. The elections were carried out in one phase only. Results of Punjab election was declared on 11 March. In the months of Feb and March, Elections were conducted in 4 other states along with punjab. Other four states are Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Goa.
The 2012 elections were won by SAD+BJP alliance and their CM candidate was Parkash Singh Badal. He was also the current Chief Minister when the elections were conducted. He completed his second consecutive term as CM of punjab in 2017. In the 2017 elections AAP was contesting for the first time in Punjab assembly elections. AAP was considered as one of favourites in Punjab, suspected to make it tough for remaining parties. INC was the official opposition party until 2017 elections, and they became the ruling party after result declaration. We were covering live updates and results of Punjab elections.
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Voting in Punjab was concluded on 04 February, 2017. Re-polling had to be carried out on 48 polling booths due to unavoidable reasons. Re-polling was completed successfully on 09 February. Overall voter turnout on 04 Feb was recorded as 78.6%. Out of total 1.98 crore voters of Punjab, almost 1.54 crore voters stepped out to cast their important votes. Mansa recorded maximum voter turnout in Punjab, with 87% voting.
Political Facts about Punjab Politics
|Punjab Political Facts|
|Current Term of Punjab Assembly||16 March 2017 to 15 March 2022|
|Ruling Party||Indian National Congress (INC)|
|Current Chief Minister||Amarinder Singh (INC)|
|Leader of the House||Amarinder Singh (INC)|
|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.
You would like to know: Assembly Constituencies of Punjab and Candidates List.
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 were similar to 2012, which includes drug abuse, unemployment, corruption, Sutlej Yamuna link canal, etc. Last elections were held in 2017 and Amarinder Singh (INC) 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.
In 2017 elections, a relatively new political party, AAP had announced that they would contest the Punjab polls. AAP won Delhi elections with huge margin, winning 67 seats out of 70 seats. Punjab election results 2017 was affected by the introductin of Aam Aadmi Party in assembly polls. The party won 20 seats, impressive for a party contesting for first time.
Punjab Elections 2012
INC was 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 completed 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|
Punjab Elections Opinion Poll 2017
Punjab Assembly Constituencies
AAP Candidates List for Punjab Elections
Congress Candidates List for Punjab Elections
BJP Candidates List
Last Updated on 22 March 2017