The polling in the Assembly Elections 2017 in five major Indian states of Uttar Pradesh (UP), Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa has been completed, and the final counting of votes will take place on Saturday, March 11, 2017. The Exit Poll results of the 2017 Assembly Elections were revealed on March 9, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is predicted to win in three of the five states. While the Indian National Congress (INC) is predicted to win in Punjab and remains in power in Manipur, the huge state of Uttar Pradesh is predicted to be coloured in saffron, according to numerous analysts in the Exit Poll. The chief ministerial candidates for most of these states have been clear. However, BJP has successfully campaigned for the Assembly Elections 2017 in UP with Narendra Modi as their face, instead of proposing a CM candidate, a fact which was mocked at. The north Indian state’s elections have been one of the most talked about event all over India and the drama around the campaigns conducted has been extremely high.
The State Assembly Elections hold a key role in the path to the 2019 General Elections as well, and a majority win in the Assembly Elections 2017 in UP for the BJP will be a key factor for their strategy ahead. UP has been known as a key political area, and BJP’s win in this state will prove as a blow for the current leader party, Samajwadi Party and Akhilesh Yadav. Even though SP has taken various efforts to keep BJP out of UP, if the exit polls are to be believed, BJP seems to be well ahead in most of the phases in UP. BJP is also seen reigning in Uttarakhand and Goa while the Indian National Congress is predicted to win the majority in Punjab and Manipur. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are predicted to be the spectators in this war between BJP and Congress. As we wait for the Assembly Elections Result 2017, here is the list of probable chief minister candidates for Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa.
Uttar Pradesh – Yogi Adityanath, BJP
Uttar Pradesh has been a critical state in this Assembly election. Uttar Pradesh with its seven-phase polling has been one of the most significant states in Indian Politics. While the 2012 elections saw Akhilesh Yadav and Samajwadi Party sweep the votes with 224 seats while the Bahujan Samaj Party followed suit with 80 seats. However, the exit polls predict a different picture for the 2017 UP Polls. BJP is predicted to win the majority as the alliance between SP and Congress follows behind. Mayawati’s BSP is predicted to bag very few seats. BJP fought the Uttar Pradesh Elections without a chief ministerial candidate for campaigning. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the poster boy for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. However, the probable CM candidate from BJP will be Yogi Adityanath. The Indian politician and priest will most probably be the next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh if BJP wins in the state.
Goa – Laxmikant Parsekar, BJP
According to the exit poll results, Bhartiya Janata Party will remain in power in the Union territory. Laxmikant Yashwant Parsekar is the current Chief Minister of Goa since 2014. Laxmikant Yashwant Parsekar replaced Manohar Parrikar as the chief minister after the latter took the position as Defence Minister in the Union Cabinet. Laxmikant Yashwant Parsekar is expected to continue as the chief minister if the BJP win the elections.
Punjab – Amarinder Singh, INC
The Punjab state elections have been a war between Amarinder Singh of Indian National Congress and the Badal brothers of BJP and SAD partnership. The Exit Polls predict the Badal brothers to be dethroned from Punjab as INC is predicted to win in the state. The INC has been a key party in Punjab, and their campaigns have attracted a lot of attention. The current state of Punjab, with the increased drug issues, has made way for Congress to enter the state and Amarinder Singh is the most probable candidate for the chief minister chair. Navjod Singh Siddhu is rumoured to be considered for the position of deputy chief minister.
Manipur – Okram Ibobi Singh, INC
INC has dominated Manipur for a very long time, and the exit polls predict this rule to continue. However, the exit polls predicted a higher reach of BJP in the North-Eastern state, even though Congress remained the winners. The current Manipur Chief Minister, Okram Ibobi Singh, will most probably continue as the CM for the fourth time. He has held that position since 7 March 2002.
Uttarakhand – B. C. Khanduri, BJP
Uttarakhand is another state with drama seeping in during the elections 2017. Uttarakhand Chief Minister, Harish Rawat has taken jibes at BJP at every possible opportunity. According to the exit polls, Harish Rawat will have to bid adieu to his chair as BJP is predicted to win by a clear majority. The probably Chief Minister for BJP rules Uttarakhand will be BC Khanduri. He has served as Chief Minister of Uttarakhand from 2007–2009 and 2011-2012.
The Assembly Election 2017 will finally reach its verdict on March 11, 2017. The election results will declare if the exit poll predictions have been accurate or not. There have been various questions about the Exit poll predictions in UP and Uttarakhand. The sideline of BSP and AAP in the exit polls has raised a lot of doubt as people are expecting more support for the two parties.