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Punjab Election 2018: Updates and Results


Facts About Punjab's Polity

Parliamentary Constituencies13
Assembly Constituencies 117
Ruling PartyIndian National Congress
Opposition PartyNDA
Chief MinisterCaptain Amarinder Singh
GovernorShri V.P. Singh Badnore
Chief Electoral OfficerShri V.K Singh, I.A.S.
AddressSCO 29-30, Sector 17E ,Chandigarh - 160017


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Ludhiana(Punjab) Municipal Corporation Election 2018 Result Live Updates:

S.NoPartyWards Won
1Congress61
2BJP-SAD22
3LIP-AAP8


  • Congress is leading in 11 wards; SAD-BJP, AAP-LIP, others leading in 2 wards each


  • Punjab Parliamentary By-Election Result 2017- Gurdaspur (PC) Constituency

    Candidate NameParty NameVotesSatus
    Sunil Kumar JakharINC4,99,752Winner
    Sawarn Singh SalariaBJP3,06,553 Runner Up
    Suresh KhajuriaAAP235792nd Runner Up

    Punjab Assembly (Vidhan Sabha) Election Results 2017

    Pie chart showing party wise 2017 election results for Punjab. Also shown along are 2012 pie chart showing the number of seats won by BJP, INC, SAD and Others.
    Punjab Assembly Elections 2017 Party Wise Results (Total Seats - 117)
    Punjab Assembly Elections 2012 Party Wise Results (Total Seats - 117)

    Punjab Election 2017 Result Summary

    The Congress party has swept the elections in Punjab. The Congress party has won 77, while the incumbent SAD-BJP secured only 18 seats in the house of 117. Another strong contender for Punjab, Aam Aadmi Party also did not perform as per the expectations and stood at the second place with just 20 seats. The results are in keeping with the Exit polls which suggested a Congress win in the state. Captain Amarinder Singh, the chief of the Punjab Congress unit, is likely to be the chief minister of the state. Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot singh sidhu had also joined the Congress party on the eve of elections. The elections in Punjab were fought on the issue of corruption and governance. Drugs were another major issue in the elections.

    Punjab Assembly Elections 2017

    Captain Amarinder Singh took oath of office and secrecy at Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh March 16. He is the 26th chief minister of Punjab. Along with him nine other ministers also took oath of the office. Navjot Singh Siddhu gets a berth in the cabinet. The oath of office to captain Amarinder Singh was administered b y Governor V.P Singh Badnore in presence of congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh

    The polling in 117 constituencies was conducted on February 4, 2017. Though it was a triangular contest but as many of the poll surveys have suggested it is a direct fight between the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party, the new party fighting for the first time in Punjab. Around 74 Percent people actually voted in the state. 1,145 candidates were in the fray.

    All the political parties extensively campaigned in the state to entice the electorate with freebies and sops in their manifesto. Drugs were the main issue this time as is the economic collapse of the state. The opposition parties blamed the Akali government which was in power since 2012 of ruining the economy of Punjab and doing nothing for the farmers and youth in particular. The state has earned a bad name for drug peddling and drug use which is according to many studies is rampant in the state.

    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi held several rallies and road shows. The opposition was upbeat as most of the polls suggest that the Akali Dal would be routed and secure only the third position while either AAP or the Congress would form the government.

    Punjab Election Exit Poll 2017

    PollstersSAD-BJPINCAAPOthers
    India Today-Axis4 - 762-7142-510-2
    Today's Chanakya954540
    India TV-C Voter 5 - 1341-4959-670 - 3
    India News-MRC755550
    Times Now-VMR748610


    Issues in the State

    There are a number of issues plaguing the state at present, prime among which are corruption, unemployment, drug addiction and receding water tables that may pose a serious threat to the state's agriculture. Revival of agriculture is a key issue which no political party has adequately addressed till now. Since Punjab is known as the granary and the bread basket of India, its looming crisis in agriculture is not just a concern for the state, but the entire nation. According to studies, water levels have dropped by 10 metres since 1973 and the rate of decline is intensifying.

    Creating employment opportunities and tapping the human capital are also two other challenges that the state must deal with in order to check the rising menace of drug addiction among the youth.

    About Punjab Elections

    The erstwhile Patiala and East Punjab States Union was formed on 15 July 1948 by merging eight princely states of East Punjab. The state legislature was bicameral, comprising the Vidhan Sabha (lower house) and Vidhan Parishad (upper house). In1956, the state was reorganised and renamed Punjab. The strength of the Vidhan Parishad of the newly formed state was enhanced from 40 seats to 46 and then 51 in 1957.

    Punjab was trifurcated in 1966 to form Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and the present-day Punjab. The Vidhan Parishad was reduced to 40 seats and the Vidhan Sabha was expanded to 104 seats. The Vidhan Parishad was abolished on 1 January 1970. Therefore, Punjab has a unicameral legislature now.

    The Punjab legislative assembly, or the Vidhan Sabha, has 117 members today. These members are elected directly from 117 single-member constituencies of the state. A term of the Legislative Assembly lasts five years unless dissolved earlier.

    The current governor of Punjab is Kaptan Singh Solanki. Charanjit Singh Atwal is the Speaker of the Assembly while Dinesh Singh is the Deputy Speaker. Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal is the leader of the house while Sunil Kumar Jakhar of Congress is the main opposition leader. The Assembly meets at Vidhan Bhavan in Chandigarh.

    State Legislative Assembly of Punjab

    Punjab has a unicameral legislature with 117 seats, with a term of five years. It is headed by the Chief Minister. The current speaker of the house is Charanjit Sigh Atwal. The Legislative Assembly was first summoned in 1937 and post independence of India, the state had a bicameral legislature until a unicameral legislature was established in 1970. In the last election in 2012, the SAD won 56 seats, the INC won 46, the BJP won 12 and the three remaining seats were won by independent candidates. Check the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) of Punjab...



    Punjab Assembly Election Results:


    Punjab Election Results 2012 Punjab Election Results 2017 Punjab Election Results 2002

    List of Chief Ministers of Punjab

    Punjab has been led by fifteen different Chief Ministers, the first being Gopi Chand Bhargave (INC), who assumed office on 15 August 1947. The longest-serving Chief Minister is Parkash Singh Badal (SAD), who served for fifteen years in total.
    S. No.Chief MinisterFromToParty Name
    1Amarinder Singh16 Mar 2017IncumbentIndian National Congress
    2Parkash Singh Badal[4]Mar 1, 200716 Mar 2017Shiromani Akali Dal
    3Amarinder SinghFeb 26, 2002Mar 1, 2007Indian National Congress
    4Parkash Singh Badal[3]Feb 12, 1997Feb 26, 2002Shiromani Akali Dal
    5Rajinder Kaur BhattalJan 21, 1996Feb 11, 1997Indian National Congress
    6Harcharan Singh BrarAug 31, 1995Jan 21, 1996Indian National Congress
    7Beant SinghFeb 25, 1992Aug 31, 1995Indian National Congress
    8President's ruleJun 11, 1987Feb 25, 1992 
    9Surjit Singh BarnalaSep 29, 1985Jun 11, 1987Shiromani Akali Dal
    10President's ruleOct 10, 1983Sep 29, 1985 
    11Darbara SinghJun 6, 1980Oct 10, 1983Indian National Congress
    12President's ruleFeb 17, 1980Jun 6, 1980 
    13Parkash Singh Badal[2]Jun 20, 1977Feb 17, 1980Shiromani Akali Dal
    14President's ruleApr 30, 1977Jun 20, 1977 
    15Zail SinghMar 17, 1972Apr 30, 1977Indian National Congress
    16President's ruleJun 14, 1971Mar 17, 1972 
    17Parkash Singh BadalMar 27, 1970Jun 14, 1971Shiromani Akali Dal
    18Gurnam Singh [2]Feb 17, 1969Mar 27, 1970Shiromani Akali Dal
    19President's ruleAug 23, 1968Feb 17, 1969 
    20Lachhman Singh GillNov 25, 1967Aug 23, 1968Shiromani Akali Dal
    21Gurnam SinghMar 8, 1967Nov 25, 1967Shiromani Akali Dal
    22Giani Gurmukh Singh MussafirNov 1, 1966Mar 8, 1967Indian National Congress
    23President's ruleJul 5, 1966Nov 1, 1966 
    24Ram KishanJul 7, 1964Jul 5, 1966Indian National Congress
    25Gopi Chand Bhargava[3]Jun 21, 1964Jul 6, 1964Indian National Congress
    26Pratap Singh KaironJan 23, 1956Jun 21, 1964Indian National Congress
    27Bhim Sen Sachar [2]Apr 17, 1952Jan 23, 1956Indian National Congress
    28President's ruleJun 20, 1951Apr 17, 1952 
    29Gopi Chand Bhargava[2]Oct 18, 1949Jun 20, 1951Indian National Congress
    30Bhim Sen SacharApr 13, 1949Oct 18, 1949Indian National Congress
    31Gopi Chand BhargavaAug 15, 1947Apr 13, 1949Indian National Congress

    List of Governors of Punjab

    The Governor of Punjab is the ceremonial head of the state of Punjab and the Administrator of the Chandigarh Union Territory. He is elected by the President of India. Punjab has had 32 Governors, the first being Chandulal Madhavlal Trivedi, who assumed office in 1947. The current Governor is Shivraj Patil, who took office on 22 January 2010.
    S.No.Name of GovernorFromTo
    1Shri V.P. Singh BadnoreAug 22, 2016Incumbent
    2Prof. Kaptan Singh SolankiJan 21, 2015Aug 22, 2016
    3Shivraj PatilJan 22, 2010Jan 21, 2015
    4General Sunith Francis RodriguesNov 16, 2004Jan 22, 2010
    5Akhlaqur Rahman KidwaiNov 3, 2004Nov 16, 2004
    6Om Prakash VermaMay 8, 2003Nov 3, 2004
    7Lieutenant General J. F. R. JacobNov 27, 1999May 8, 2003
    8Lieutenant General B.K.N. ChhibberSep 18, 1994Nov 27, 1999
    9Sudhakar Panditrao KurdukarJul 10, 1994Sep 18, 1994
    10Surendra NathAug 7, 1991Jul 9, 1994
    11General Om Prakash MalhotraDec 18, 1990Aug 7, 1991
    12Virendra VermaJun 14, 1990Dec 18, 1990
    13Nirmal MukarjiDec 8, 1989Jun 14, 1990
    14Siddharta Shankar RayApr 2, 1986Dec 8, 1989
    15Shankar Dayal SharmaNov 26, 1985Apr 2, 1986
    16Hokishe SemaNov 14, 1985Nov 26, 1985
    17Arjun SinghMar 14, 1985Nov 14, 1985
    18Kershasp Tehmurasp SatarawalaJul 3, 1984Mar 14, 1985
    19Bhairab Dutt PandeOct 10, 1983Jul 3, 1984
    20Anant Prasad SharmaFeb 21, 1983Oct 10, 1983
    21S.S. SandhawaliaFeb 7, 1983Feb 21, 1983
    22Marri Chenna ReddyApr 21, 1982Feb 7, 1983
    23Aminuddin Ahmad KhanAug 26, 1981Apr 21, 1982
    24Jaisukh Lal HathiSep 24, 1977Aug 26, 1981
    25Ranjit Singh NarulaSep 1, 1977Sep 24, 1977
    26Mahendra Mohan ChoudhryMay 21, 1973Sep 1, 1977
    27D. C. PavateOct 16, 1967May 21, 1973
    28Mehar SinghJun 1, 1967Oct 16, 1967
    29Dharma ViraJun 27, 1966Jun 1, 1967
    30Sardar Ujjal SinghSep 1, 1965Jun 26, 1966
    31Hafiz Muhammad IbrahimMay 4, 1964Sep 1, 1965
    32Pattom Thanu PillaiOct 1, 1962May 4, 1964
    33Narahar Vishnu GadgilSep 15, 1958Oct 1, 1962
    34Sir Chandeshwar Prasad Narayan SinghMar 11, 1953Sep 15, 1958
    35Sir Chandulal Madhavlal TrivediAug 15, 1947Mar 11, 1953

    Cabinet Ministers of Punjab

    Name of Ministers Portfolio(s)
    Capt. Amarinder SinghGeneral Administration, Personnel, Home Affairs & Justice, Vigilance, All other departments not assigned to any other Minister
    Shri. Brahm Mohindra Health & Family Welfare, Research & Medical Education, Parliamentary Affairs
    Shri. Navjot Singh SidhuLocal Government, Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Archives and Museums
    Shri. Manpreet Singh Badal Financem,Planning,Employment Generation
    Shri. Sadhu Singh DharmsotForests,Printing and Stationary,Welfare of SCs and BCs
    Shri. Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa Rural Development and Panchayats, Water Supply and Sanitation
    Rana Gurjit Singh Irrigation,Power
    Shri. Charanjit Singh Channi Technical Education & Industrial Training
    Smt. Aruna ChaudharyHigher Education,School Education
    Smt. Razia Sultana PWD (B & R),Social Security & Development of Women and Children

    Rajya Sabha Members from Punjab

    Name of MemberTerm Party
    Shri Partap Singh BajwaApr 10, 2016 to Apr 9, 2022INC
    Shri Balwinder Singh BhunderApr 10, 2016 to Apr 9, 2022SAD
    Sardar Sukhdev Singh DhindsaApr 10, 2016 to Apr 9, 2022SAD
    Shri Shamsher Singh DulloApr 10, 2016 to Apr 9, 2022INC
    Shri Naresh GujralApr 10, 2016 to Apr 9, 2022SAD
    Shri Shwait MalikJul 5, 2016 to Jul 4, 2022BJP
    Smt. Ambika SoniJul 5, 2016 to Jul 4, 2022INC

    Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Punjab

    The Chief Electoral Officer of Punjab is Kusumjit Sidhu, who was appointed prior to the 2009 general election. She is an IAS officer from the 1979 Punjab cadre and has a Bachelor's degree in English, History and French as well as a Master's degree in History.

    Shri V.K Singh, I.A.S.
    The Chief Electoral Officer of Punjab
    AS (Retd.); Chief Electoral Officer SCO 29-30,Sector 17-E, Chandigarh- 160017
    Email Address
    ceo_punjab@eci.gov.in
    Phone
    0172-2724038

    Punjab Lok Sabha Election Summary 2014

    After the declaration of the results in Punjab no majority party has won clearly in the Lok Sabha polls. Four seats were bagged by Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). The state of Punjab has 13 Lok Sabha seats which have participated in several Lok Sabha polls so far. The state government in Punjab is headed by Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) party and Prakash Singh Badal is the present Chief Minister of the state. Besides, SAD, Indian National Congress (INC) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Aam Aadmi Party are other leading parties in Punjab. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the state took part for its 13 parliamentary seats, out of which four are reserved for Scheduled Castes. The Amritsar constituency has a These parties followed their campaign strategies and raised issues in Punjab like AAP emphasised on anti-corruption movement, BJP focused on development, and Congress centered around Right to Information (RTI). The exit polls and opinion polls predicted the INC and SAD will grab maximum number of seats in the elections.

    Last Updated on Aug 24, 2018