The Election Commission of India has stated that the Punjab will go to elections 4th Feb 2017. The election commission conveyed that polling will be conducted in a single phase. The correct dates of the election will be declared by the Election Commission by the end of this year.
Punjab has a legislative assembly with total of 117 seats and 5 year term to serve the people . In the last election conducted in year 2012, the SAD won total of 56 seats, the Congress won 46, the BJP won 12 and the three remaining seats were won by independent candidates.
Competitors and their Status
Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party-The previous election conducted in the year 2012 and it resulted in a great win by ruling SAD-BJP colaboration and Parkash Singh Badal was announced CM of Punjab.
Punjab Assembly Election 2017 Survey Results
Aam Aadmi Party-In December 2015, Aam Aadmi Party announced that it would contest the Legislative Assembly elections in the year 2017.
Indian National Congress-The Congress will take part in the elections under the leadership of Amarinder Singh, and the party has hired poll strategist Prashant Kishor for campaigning.
Bahujan Samaj Party-The BSP being the fourth largest party in Punjab after improving its vote share in 2012 elections started preparations for 2017 early by launching Punjab Bachao Abhiyaan from 1 November 2014.
Punjab Vidhan Sabha 2017 Exit Poll
According to the poll conducted by the India Today-Axis Opinion Poll. The congress party is likely to establish itself as a huge party in Punjab. It has got total seats between 49 and 55 in the upcoming legislative assembly elections. This may drag the party behind.
It could be few seats less than that of the 59 seats required to win a majority.It is considered that the Congress will fill the gap by get collaborated with Sidhu’s Awaaz-e-Punjab as per the opinion poll. AAP has a huge impact all over the country with many hopes and promises.
It may also need few seats to win the race but may also loose the victory by ongoing internal dispute. The AAP is likely to win between 42 and 46 assembly seats as per the forecast done by the opinion poll .
Overall as per the prediction of polls the legislative assembly elections for the year 2017 seem to be a close competition between all the participating parties.As per the current situation he small parties and independent candidates hold great power and if they join hands with other parties it could work in their favor. Undoubtedly the final verdict is to be done by the people of Punjab. Power lies in the hands of voters.