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April 26, 2016 11:38 AM
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Quick facts for Punjab Elections

Parliamentary Constituencies13
Assembly Constituencies 117
Ruling PartyShiromani Akali Dal ( BJP Alliance)
Opposition PartyIndian National Congress
Chief MinisterShri Parkash Singh Badal
GovernorShri Shivraj Patil
Chief Electoral OfficerMs Kusumjit Sidhu
AddressSCO 29-30, Sector 17E ,Chandigarh - 160017


Punjab Assembly Election 2017

The Election Commission of India has declared that Punjab will go to elections in February 2017. The ruling SAD-BJP government, led by Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, will face voters five years after coming back to power in 2012. Evidently, there is going to be an intensive political activity in the state in the run-up to the elections when voters cast their vote.

The political contest in Punjab has been bipolar for the most part until now with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Congress as the two main contenders. In the 2011 assembly elections, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's estranged nephew Manpreet Singh Badal launched the People's Party of Punjab. The Akali Dal (Longowal), another breakaway outfit of the Shiromani Akali Dal, was launched by Surjit Singh Barnala in 2004. The Lok Bhalai Party was launched by Balwant Singh Ramoowalia in 2009. However, these regional parties have remained on the fringes without making any noticeable impact in the state assembly elections so far.

Anti-incumbency

As the SAD-BJP combine completes two consecutive terms in the state, there is a palpable degree of anti-incumbency sentiment among voters. Though the Congress is the main opposition, voters are not open to seeing it as a favourable alternative.

Emergence of AAP in Punjab

Meanwhile, a third contender has been fast gaining ground in the state after a worthy performance in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The Aam Aadmi Party got an encouraging response in Punjab when all four of its candidates won in their maiden elections. In fact, Punjab was the only state where the AAP won all the four seats it contested from.

As Punjab braces for Assembly elections next year, the youth in most of Punjab's districts is inclined to go for AAP. Arvind Kejriwal has been the face of the AAP in Punjab till now though a search is on to get a suitable chief ministerial candidate. The party is actively working on building its voter base with the help of volunteers.

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.

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.

Punjab Assembly Election Results:


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
1Parkash Singh Badal[4]Mar 1, 2007PresentShiromani Akali Dal
2Amarinder SinghFeb 26, 2002Mar 1, 2007Indian National Congress
3Parkash Singh Badal[3]Feb 12, 1997Feb 26, 2002Shiromani Akali Dal
4Rajinder Kaur BhattalJan 21, 1996Feb 11, 1997Indian National Congress
5Harcharan Singh BrarAug 31, 1995Jan 21, 1996Indian National Congress
6Beant SinghFeb 25, 1992Aug 31, 1995Indian National Congress
7President's ruleJun 11, 1987Feb 25, 1992 
8Surjit Singh BarnalaSep 29, 1985Jun 11, 1987Shiromani Akali Dal
9President's ruleOct 10, 1983Sep 29, 1985 
10Darbara SinghJun 6, 1980Oct 10, 1983Indian National Congress
11President's ruleFeb 17, 1980Jun 6, 1980 
12Parkash Singh Badal[2]Jun 20, 1977Feb 17, 1980Shiromani Akali Dal
13President's ruleApr 30, 1977Jun 20, 1977 
14Zail SinghMar 17, 1972Apr 30, 1977Indian National Congress
15President's ruleJun 14, 1971Mar 17, 1972 
16Parkash Singh BadalMar 27, 1970Jun 14, 1971Shiromani Akali Dal
17Gurnam Singh [2]Feb 17, 1969Mar 27, 1970Shiromani Akali Dal
18President's ruleAug 23, 1968Feb 17, 1969 
19Lachhman Singh GillNov 25, 1967Aug 23, 1968Shiromani Akali Dal
20Gurnam SinghMar 8, 1967Nov 25, 1967Shiromani Akali Dal
21Giani Gurmukh Singh MussafirNov 1, 1966Mar 8, 1967Indian National Congress
22President's ruleJul 5, 1966Nov 1, 1966 
23Ram KishanJul 7, 1964Jul 5, 1966Indian National Congress
24Gopi Chand Bhargava[3]Jun 21, 1964Jul 6, 1964Indian National Congress
25Pratap Singh KaironJan 23, 1956Jun 21, 1964Indian National Congress
26Bhim Sen Sachar [2]Apr 17, 1952Jan 23, 1956Indian National Congress
27President's ruleJun 20, 1951Apr 17, 1952 
28Gopi Chand Bhargava[2]Oct 18, 1949Jun 20, 1951Indian National Congress
29Bhim Sen SacharApr 13, 1949Oct 18, 1949Indian National Congress
30Gopi 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
1Shivraj PatilJan 22, 2010Present
2General Sunith Francis RodriguesNov 16, 2004Jan 22, 2010
3Akhlaqur Rahman KidwaiNov 3, 2004Nov 16, 2004
4Om Prakash VermaMay 8, 2003Nov 3, 2004
5Lieutenant General J. F. R. JacobNov 27, 1999May 8, 2003
6Lieutenant General B.K.N. ChhibberSep 18, 1994Nov 27, 1999
7Sudhakar Panditrao KurdukarJul 10, 1994Sep 18, 1994
8Surendra NathAug 7, 1991Jul 9, 1994
9General Om Prakash MalhotraDec 18, 1990Aug 7, 1991
10Virendra VermaJun 14, 1990Dec 18, 1990
11Nirmal MukarjiDec 8, 1989Jun 14, 1990
12Siddharta Shankar RayApr 2, 1986Dec 8, 1989
13Shankar Dayal SharmaNov 26, 1985Apr 2, 1986
14Hokishe SemaNov 14, 1985Nov 26, 1985
15Arjun SinghMar 14, 1985Nov 14, 1985
16Kershasp Tehmurasp SatarawalaJul 3, 1984Mar 14, 1985
17Bhairab Dutt PandeOct 10, 1983Jul 3, 1984
18Anant Prasad SharmaFeb 21, 1983Oct 10, 1983
19S.S. SandhawaliaFeb 7, 1983Feb 21, 1983
20Marri Chenna ReddyApr 21, 1982Feb 7, 1983
21Aminuddin Ahmad KhanAug 26, 1981Apr 21, 1982
22Jaisukh Lal HathiSep 24, 1977Aug 26, 1981
23Ranjit Singh NarulaSep 1, 1977Sep 24, 1977
24Mahendra Mohan ChoudhryMay 21, 1973Sep 1, 1977
25D. C. PavateOct 16, 1967May 21, 1973
26Mehar SinghJun 1, 1967Oct 16, 1967
27Dharma ViraJun 27, 1966Jun 1, 1967
28Sardar Ujjal SinghSep 1, 1965Jun 26, 1966
29Hafiz Muhammad IbrahimMay 4, 1964Sep 1, 1965
30Pattom Thanu PillaiOct 1, 1962May 4, 1964
31Narahar Vishnu GadgilSep 15, 1958Oct 1, 1962
32Sir Chandeshwar Prasad Narayan SinghMar 11, 1953Sep 15, 1958
33Sir Chandulal Madhavlal TrivediAug 15, 1947Mar 11, 1953

Cabinet Ministers of Punjab

MinistriesName of Minsiter
Chief Minister,Personnel, General Administration, Power, Cooperation, Science Technology & Environment, Vigilance, Employment Generation, Rural Water Supply & Sanitation, Defence Services Welfare, Removal of Grievances and Welfare of PensionersParkash Singh Badal
Deputy Chief Minister, Home, Governance Reforms, Housing, Excise & Taxation, Investment Promotion, Sports and Youth Services Welfare, Civil AviationSukhbir Singh Badal
Forest & Willd Life and LabourChuni Lal Bhagat
Jails, Tourism, Cultural Affairs and Printing & StationeryS. Sarwan Singh Phillaur
Food and Civil Supplies, Information and TechnologyS. Adesh Partap Singh Kairon
Transport, Legal & Legislative Affairs, ElectionsS. Ajit Singh Kohar
Industries and Commerce, Techinical Education and Industrial Training & Parliamentary AffairsSh. Madan Mohan Mittal
Finance & Planning, Institutional Finance & Banking, Programme ImplementationS. Parminder Singh Dhindsa
IrrigationS. Janmeja Singh Sekhon
Health & family Welfare, Social Security & Development of Women & ChildrenSh. Surjit Kumar Jyani
Revenue & Rehabilitation, Information & Public Relations, Non-Conventional Energy, NRI AffairsS. Bikram Singh Majithia
Education, Higher Education & LanguagesS. Sikandar Singh Maluka
Local Government and Medical Education and ResearchSh. Anil Joshi
Rural Development & PanchayatsS. Surjit Singh Rakhra
P.W.D (B & R)S. Sharanjit Singh Dhillon
Animal Husbandry & fishries Dairy Development and Welfare of SC's & BC'sS. Gulzar Singh Ranike

Rajya Sabha Members from Punjab

NamePartyTermNamePartyTerm
Shri Ashwani KumarIndian National Congress 10/04/2010 to 09/04/2016Shri Balwinder Singh Bhunder Shiromani Akali Dal 05/07/2010 to 04/07/2016
Sardar Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa Shiromani Akali Dal 10/04/2010 to 09/04/2016Dr. M.S. GillIndian National Congress10/04/2010 to 09/04/2016
Shri Naresh Gujral Shiromani Akali Dal 10/04/2010 to 09/04/2016Shri Avinash Rai Khanna Bharatiya Janata Party 10/04/2010 to 09/04/2016
Smt. Ambika SoniIndian National Congress05/07/2010 to 04/07/2016  

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.

Ms Kusumjit Sidhu
The Chief Electoral Officer of Punjab
AS (Retd.); Chief Electoral Officer SCO 29-30,Sector 17-E, Chandigarh- 160017
Email Address
jtceo_punjab@eci.gov.in
Phone
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 April 28, 2016


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