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Punjab Election 2017: Updates and Results

Punjab Elections Latest News And Updates 2018
September 27, 2017 03:56 PM
With the end of the tenure of the 40 municipal corporations nearing in Punjab, the elections to these MCs are set to be held in December this year. Although the date has not been announced yet, it is ex..... Read More
March 16, 2017 04:12 PM
Cricketer turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu has been sworn in as a minister in the Captain Amarinder Singh led congress government in Punjab. This put to rest the rumors that he would be given a position of deputy chief minister in the state. Na..... Read More
March 16, 2017 04:09 PM
Captain amarinder Singh took oath of office and secrecy at Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh today. 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. T..... Read More
March 11, 2017 06:38 PM
Congress has dethroned the SAD-BJP combine government by bagging 77 seats in Punjab in a house of 117. The SAD-BJP could manage just 18 seats. Meanwhile, AAP could manage to get just 20 seats. ..... Read More
March 11, 2017 02:33 PM
It is going to be a Congress government in Punjab. The Congress party so far has won 40 seats and is leading in 37 seats. AAP has so far managed to win 14 seats while leading in 9. The incumbent SAD-BJP alliance is in the third place with 4 wins an..... Read More
March 11, 2017 01:26 PM
It is going to be a Congress government in Punjab. The Congress party so far has won 13 seats and is leading in 63 seats. AAP has so far managed to win 4 seats while leading in 19. The incumbent SAD-BJP alliance is in the third place with two wins ..... Read More
March 11, 2017 12:50 PM
The Congress party is all set to sweep Punjab. The trends for all the 117 seats are now available and the Congress party is ahead in 74 seats while the incumbent SAD-BJP alliance is likely to win 16 seats. Another strong contender for Punjab, Aam A..... Read More
March 11, 2017 09:29 AM
Of the 117 seats in Punjab, the leads are available for 66 seats. The Congress is ahead in 39 while AAP is leading in 16. The incumbent SAD-BJP combine is ahead in only 10 seats. ..... Read More
March 11, 2017 09:16 AM
Parkash Singh Badal is ahead with 5,434 votes in Lambi, Punjab. Currently, Amarinder has 4,189 votes. ..... Read More
March 11, 2017 09:00 AM
Of the 21 leads available at the moment, the Congress party is ahead in 15 seats while the SAD and BJP alliance is ahead in three seats. AAP is consolidating its lead in 4 seats. The exit polls had predicted a Congress win in the state. ..... Read More

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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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

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:

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 17, 2016Incumbent
2Prof. Kaptan Singh SolankiJan 21, 2015Aug 17, 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
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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 Oct 16, 2017