Chandigarh, Jan 4: Assembly elections are round the corner in the five states of Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa. The electoral battle is likely to intensify as Election Commission today announced the final dates of polling. Apart from UP, election outcome in Punjab also holds much weightage as it could change the equations of national politics. All eyes are set on the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which has vowed to repeat the mandate of Delhi in Punjab. Punjab also holds significance for Congress, as it is one of the states where the grand old party can end its losing streak.

Punjab Assembly Elections 2017 dates

  • Elections would be conducted in single phase on February 4.
  • All the 117 seats would be contested in one electoral round.
  • The electoral roll in Punjab would be published on January 5.
  • Date of notification for polls is January 11.
  • The last date for filing nominations is January 18.
  • The scrutinization of nominations would be completed by Election Commission by January 19.
  • Polling would be held on February 4.
  • The term of Punjab legislative assembly would end on March 18.
State Punjab
Date of Notification Jan 11
Last date for nominations Jan 18
Scrutiny of nominations Jan 19
Withdrawal of candidature Jan 21
Date of poll Feb 4
Date of counting March 11

Amarinder Singh vs Parkash Singh Badal: Final battle

The upcoming assembly elections would witness the final poll battle in Punjab between Capt Amarinder Singh and Parkash Singh Badal. Both the veteran politicians have squared off against each other since the past 3 decades. While, Badal, at 89, is yet to announce his plans of retiring from electoral circles, Capt Amarinder has made it clear that the forthcoming elections would be his last – whether Congress wins or lose.

  • Amarinder Singh, 74, was the Chief Minister of Punjab between 2002-2007.
  • Amarinder shot back to prominence after winning the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Amritsar against senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley.
  • Parkash Singh Badal, 89, is the incumbent and five-time chief minister of Punjab.
  • Badal and Amarinder were part of Shiromani Akali Dal till 1992, after the latter stormed out of the panthic party owing to differences.

Kejriwal vows to repeat mandate of Delhi in Punjab

AAP has been leading a high-voltage campaign in Punjab. In several of his rallies, AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal has vowed to repeat the mandate of Delhi in the forthcoming elections. In the 2015 Delhi assembly elections, AAP won a landslide victory, bagging 67 of the 70 seats contested.

  • HuffPost C-Voter survey predicts 94-100 seats for AAP in the forthcoming elections.
  • VDP Associates survey predicts 93 seats for AAP, out of the 117 to be contested.
  • TV24 India survey predicts 70-74 seats for the Kejriwal-led party in Punjab.
  • However, AAP campaign suffered a setback after a number of dissidents stormed out launching rebel factions.
  • The most recent India Today-Axis survey predicts AAP to emerge as the first runner-up with 42-46 seats.

C-Voter Opinion Poll

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) 94-100
SAD-BJP 6-12
Congress 8-14
TOTAL 117

India Today-Axis opinion poll

Congress 49-55
AAP 42-46
SAD-BJP 17-21
TOTAL 117

Results of Punjab Assembly Elections 2012

In the 2012 assembly elections of Punjab, the SAD-BJP alliance emerge victorious bagging 68 out of the 117 seats contested. Congress emerged as the prime opposition, winning 46 seats. The Badal regime improved its tally, despite facing an anti-incumbency of 5 years. However, the electoral atmosphere has sharply changed in the past 5 years, allowing Opposition to seize the opportunity created due to incumbency.

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) 56
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 12
Indian National Congress 46
Independents 02
TOTAL 117

Results of Lok Sabha Elections 2014 in Punjab

  • Despite the wave of Narendra Modi, SAD-BJP alliance was given a tough fight by debutant Aam Aadmi Party.
  • Out of the 13 parliamentary seats contested, AAP emerged victorious on 4.
  • AAP secured nearly 30 per cent of the vote share. In terms of assembly segments, it was victorious on 34 out of the 117 segments.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) 4
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 2
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) 4
Congress 3
TOTAL 13