New Delhi, March 11: The Election Commission is set to announce the results for the Assembly Elections 2017 in five states – Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa – today. The counting of votes will begin at 8:00 am and it is likely that the trends for all five states will be clear by afternoon. You can also watch the results on LIVE streaming. Stakes are high for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in UP, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa as the exit polls have predicted massive gains for the party here. Meanwhile, in Punjab, exit polls have predicted a neck and neck contest between the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party, even as they say that the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party combine may be decimated.Also Read - Lucknow DM Issues Protocols For Passengers Arriving at Lucknow Airport. Check Details Here
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Uttar Pradesh saw a power-packed contest this year with Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing as many as 24 rallies in the state to ensure his party’s victory. On the other hand Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav announced an alliance between the Samajwadi Party and the Congress and addressed joint rallies with Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi. This election also saw the feud between Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh come to the fore as the dynamics changed within the party with the UP Chief Minister taking over as the SP chief. Meanwhile, Mayawati has remained optimistic that the Bahujan Samaj Party will win the battle for UP. The elections in the state for 404 seats were held in seven phases between February 4 and March 8 and a voter turnout of over 60 per cent was recorded. CATCH – Uttar Pradesh Election Results 2017 LIVE Updates Also Read - UPTET Paper Leak: 29 Arrested So Far; CM Yogi Adityanath Says Will Invoke NSA Against Culprits
Punjab Assembly Elections 2017
In Punjab, it has been an interesting fight this year with the entry of the Aam Aadmi Party. The state of Punjab, which has traditionally voted to choose between the Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party combine, a third party emerged and made headlines. The AAP has made the battle of Punjab a three-cornered fight and stakes are high for the Arvind Kejriwal-led party. Voting took place for the 117-seat Punjab Assembly elections 2017 on February 4 and a turnout of 78 per cent was recorded, which is similar to the elections of 2012.
Uttarakhand Assembly Elections 2017
For the Congress, the Uttarakhand election this year was an opportunity to come clean after the party lost the confidence of its MLAs. Fighting corruption allegations, even as Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat proved majority, he came under fire with his own MLAs quitting the party and the BJP even asking for President’s rule in the state. The state saw rebels emerge from both parties this election. According to reports, there were at least 1000 candidates who switched loyalties in the state. What’s more interesting is that these rebels chose to contest against the party that they had quit or had been expelled from on the same seat.
Manipur Assembly Elections 2017
Manipur has been reeling under economic blockade and the Congress government has not been able to do much about it. The BJP has promised to remove it within 24 hours of coming to power.
Goa Assembly Elections 2017
In Goa, there still seems to be no one contesting the popularity of former chief minister Manohar Parrikar even as he is now the Defence Minister at the Centre. While Aam Aadmi Party has entered the fray here too, but according to the exit polls, it isn’t gaining more than 2-4 seats in the state. The Congress too may be able to get something close to 15-20 seats here.