Assembly Election 2017

2017 will set the tone for setting up of new government in 5 states of the country. These states are Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.

Election Commission of India has declared the poll dates for the State Legislative Assembly for Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh will be held between February 4 and March 8, 2017. The Vote counting will be take place for the all the five states on March 11, 2017. Will anti-incumbency be a factor in 5 poll bound states? - Election Analysis

5 States Assembly Election Schedule 2017

State Election Date Count Date
Uttarpradesh
Phase-I Phase-II Phase-III Phase-IV Phase-V Phase-VI Phase-VII Mar 11
Feb 11, 2017 Feb 15, 2017 Feb 19, 2017 Feb 23, 2017 Feb 27, 2017 Mar 4, 2017 Mar 8, 2017
Uttarakhand
Phase-I
Feb 15, 2017
Goa
Phase-I
Feb 04, 2017
Punjab
Phase-I
Feb 04, 2017
Manipur
Phase-I Phase-II
Feb 04, 2017 Mar 08, 2017


Election News

Delhi air quality 'very poor', SC-appointed panel calls for tough action

    Updated On : Jan 20,2017   11:48 pm
New Delhi, Jan 20 (IANS) Taking stock of the air pollution in Delhi and the neighbouring states, the Supreme Court appointed Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority (EPCA) on Friday asked authorities to immediately enforce the graded response action under "very poor" category for Delhi and "moderate poor" for NCR. View More..

Congress says release of SP lists unfortunate; will hold further parleys

    Updated On : Jan 20,2017   10:40 pm
New Delhi, Jan 20 (IANS) Expressing displeasure over Samajwadi Party's announcement of its candidates for Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, the Congress on Friday said the development was "unfortunate" given the understanding reached between the two parties. View More..

Election Commission transfers 23 officers in UP

    Updated On : Jan 20,2017   10:16 pm
New Delhi, Jan 20 (IANS) The Election Commission (EC) on Friday transferred 13 District Magistrates and nine Superintendent of Police (SP) and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) -rank officers in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. View More..

No SP-Congress alliance at cost of workers' honour: Raj Babbar

    Updated On : Jan 20,2017   10:12 pm
Lucknow, Jan 20 (IANS) Claiming that he was "unaware" of any parleys on an alliance between the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Congress for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, UPCC chief Raj Babbar on Friday said there will be "no alliance at the cost of honour and respect of party workers". View More..

Congress moves EC over 'campaigning' by RSS

    Updated On : Jan 20,2017   10:08 pm
New Delhi, Jan 20 (IANS) The Congress on Friday drew the Election Commission's attention to media reports about the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) allegedly doing "full swing" political activities in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. View More..

In slugfest scenario, RSS presents its case at JLF

    Updated On : Jan 20,2017   9:32 pm
Jaipur, Jan 20 (IANS) The burning issues that have remained at the centre of national discourse ever since the NDA government came to power -- intolerance, Uniform Civil Code, reservation for Muslims, changes in textbooks, Hindutva and Hindu Rashtra -- and the views of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on these were extensively explored at a discussion at the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) here. View More..

No reservation should continue for long: RSS top brass

    Updated On : Jan 20,2017   9:14 pm
Jaipur, Jan 20 (IANS) Manmohan Vaidya, head of the RSS Communications Department, sparked off a row here saying that no reservation should continue for long and the reason for the poor socio-economic status of the Muslims is that a vast majority of them belong to economically backward states. View More..

SP announces 209 candidates, Akhilesh accommodates Mulayam's men

    Updated On : Jan 20,2017   8:30 pm
Lucknow, Jan 20 (IANS) The ruling Samajwadi Party on Friday released its first and second lists for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, within a span of hours. A total of 209 tickets have hence been declared. View More..

No reservations should continue for long: RSS top brass

    Updated On : Jan 20,2017   8:12 pm
Jaipur, Jan 20 (IANS) Manmohan Vaidya, head of the RSS' communications department, sparked a row here on Friday, saying that no reservations should continue for a long time and that the reason behind the poor socio-economic status of the Muslims is because a vast majority of them belong to economically backward states. View More..

Congress expresses displeasure over SP list for UP

    Updated On : Jan 20,2017   8:06 pm
New Delhi, Jan 20 (IANS) Indicating that all is not well in the alliance, the Congress on Friday expressed its displeasure over the Samajwadi Party (SP) releasing a list of 191 candidates for Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, which also included nine seats of sitting Congress MLAs, terming it "unfortunate". View More..

In slugfest scenario, RSS presents its case at JLF

    Updated On : Jan 20,2017   8:04 pm
Jaipur, Jan 20 (IANS) The burning issues that have remained at the centre of national discourse ever since the NDA government under the dispensation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power -- intollerance, Uniform Civil Law, Reservations for Muslims, changes in textbooks, Hindutva and Hindu Rashtra -- and the views of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on these much debated subjects were extensively explored at a discussion at Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) here on Friday. View More..

HIL expected to raise bar in fifth edition (Preview)

    Updated On : Jan 20,2017   6:00 pm
Mumbai, Jan 20 (IANS) A fiercely-competitive Coal India Hockey India League (HIL) is primed to roll out when the fifth edition of the six-team tournament starts with a clash between Dabang Mumbai and Ranchi Rays at the Mahindra Hockey Stadium here on Saturday. View More..

SP-Congress alliance: Will 'hand'-shake warm up UP voters? (News Analysis)

    Updated On : Jan 20,2017   4:00 pm
Lucknow, Jan 20 (IANS) The electoral pact between the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Congress is a done thing now. But as both parties work out the finer details of the alliance, likely to be announced any time now, the winnability of the combination in a state as complex as Uttar Pradesh is in question. View More..

Shivpal, Azam Khan in Samajwadi Party's first list of 191 candidates

    Updated On : Jan 20,2017   3:50 pm
Lucknow, Jan 20 (IANS) The ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) on Friday released a list of 191 candidates for the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, including Shivpal Singh Yadav from his traditional seat Jaswantnagar in Etawah and Mohammad Azam Khan from Rampur. View More..

BIMARU states: Little progress in 2 years, learning crisis for millions of children (Special to IANS)

    Updated On : Jan 20,2017   2:00 pm
In 2016, some learning outcomes for 111 million school-age students between ages six and 15 remained mostly unchanged in BIMARU states (Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh), when compared to 2014, after declining for four years, according to the 2016 Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) released in January 2017. View More..

SP says no alliance with RLD, tie-up only with Congress

    Updated On : Jan 19,2017   11:48 pm
Lucknow, Jan 19 (IANS) The ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday ruled out any alliance with the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) for the upcoming state assembly polls and said a pre-poll alliance is being finalised with the Congress party. View More..

BJP finalises second list of candidates for UP polls

    Updated On : Jan 19,2017   11:28 pm
New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) The BJP's top brass, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Amit Shah, on Thursday met here to finalise second list of candidates for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. View More..

Modi, Sonia, Manmohan to campaign in Punjab

    Updated On : Jan 19,2017   10:08 pm
Chandigarh, Jan 19 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are among an array of leaders who will try to woo voters in favour of their respective parties ahead of the February 4 assembly elections in Punjab. View More..

SP rules out alliance with Ajit Singh's RLD

    Updated On : Jan 19,2017   10:06 pm
Lucknow, Jan 19 (IANS) The ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday ruled out any alliance with the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) in the upcoming state assembly polls and said a pre-poll alliance was being finalised with the Congress party. View More..

CBI pays surprise visit to Delhi Secretariat, Sisodia cries foul (Roundup)

    Updated On : Jan 19,2017   9:36 pm
New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) A day after it registered a preliminary inquiry against Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to probe alleged irregularities in the 'Talk to AK' campaign, the CBI on Thursday paid a surprise visit to Delhi government's advertisement department. View More..

Election Commission transfers 23 officers in UP

    Updated On : Jan 20,2017   10:16 pm
New Delhi, Jan 20 (IANS) The Election Commission (EC) on Friday transferred 13 District Magistrates and nine Superintendent of Police (SP) and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) -rank officers in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. View More..

No SP-Congress alliance at cost of workers' honour: Raj Babbar

    Updated On : Jan 20,2017   10:12 pm
Lucknow, Jan 20 (IANS) Claiming that he was "unaware" of any parleys on an alliance between the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Congress for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, UPCC chief Raj Babbar on Friday said there will be "no alliance at the cost of honour and respect of party workers". View More..

Odisha panchayat polls: Shah's visit seen as prospect booster for BJP

    Updated On : Jan 20,2017   9:32 pm
Bhubaneswar, Jan 20 (IANS) The visit of BJP National President Amit Shah will further enthuse the state unit of the party and it will fight the ensuing panchayat polls with renewed vigour, the Odisha BJP leaders feel. View More..

Congress expresses displeasure over SP list for UP

    Updated On : Jan 20,2017   8:06 pm
New Delhi, Jan 20 (IANS) Indicating that all is not well in the alliance, the Congress on Friday expressed its displeasure over the Samajwadi Party (SP) releasing a list of 191 candidates for Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, which also included nine seats of sitting Congress MLAs, terming it "unfortunate". View More..

Shivpal, Azam Khan in Samajwadi Party's first list of 191 candidates

    Updated On : Jan 20,2017   3:50 pm
Lucknow, Jan 20 (IANS) The ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) on Friday released a list of 191 candidates for the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, including Shivpal Singh Yadav from his traditional seat Jaswantnagar in Etawah and Mohammad Azam Khan from Rampur. View More..

Congress urges EC to put off commanders' conference in Dehradun

    Updated On : Jan 20,2017   12:24 am
New Delhi, Jan 20 (IANS) Uttarakhand Congress on Thursday submitted a memorandum to the State Election Commission requesting it to postpone the Annual Combined Commanders' Conference to be held in Dehradun. View More..

SP says no alliance with RLD, tie-up only with Congress

    Updated On : Jan 19,2017   11:48 pm
Lucknow, Jan 19 (IANS) The ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday ruled out any alliance with the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) for the upcoming state assembly polls and said a pre-poll alliance is being finalised with the Congress party. View More..

BJP finalises second list of candidates for UP polls

    Updated On : Jan 19,2017   11:28 pm
New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) The BJP's top brass, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Amit Shah, on Thursday met here to finalise second list of candidates for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. View More..

Rift in Congress surfaces ahead of Goa polls

    Updated On : Jan 19,2017   10:12 pm
Panaji, Jan 19 (IANS) In what could indicate a rift in the Congress party ahead of the February 4 poll, a party office-bearer, who on Tuesday burnt an effigy of AICC General Secretary Digvijaya Singh, has been awarded party ticket to contest the Fatorda seat in South Goa district. View More..

SP rules out alliance with Ajit Singh's RLD

    Updated On : Jan 19,2017   10:06 pm
Lucknow, Jan 19 (IANS) The ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday ruled out any alliance with the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) in the upcoming state assembly polls and said a pre-poll alliance was being finalised with the Congress party. View More..

Man held for questioning Parrikar at Goa meet released

    Updated On : Jan 19,2017   9:04 pm
Panaji, Jan 19 (IANS) The South Goa district police on Thursday released Ramdas Naik, who was arrested late on Wednesday after he questioned Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar during a corner meeting in Shiroda assembly constituency. View More..

Dharamsala is second capital of Himachal

    Updated On : Jan 19,2017   9:02 pm
Shimla, Jan 19 (IANS) In a major political decision in the election year, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Thursday announced that Dharamsala town in Kangra district will be the second state capital. View More..

'Will have to run Sharifs out': Bilawal starts 'anti-government' rally

    Updated On : Jan 19,2017   6:08 pm
Islamabad, Jan 19 (IANS) Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari kick-started an anti-government rally from Lahore to Faisalabad on Thursday, calling for an end to the Nawaz Sharif-led government. View More..

Bengal global business summit to see mega participation (Preview)

    Updated On : Jan 19,2017   3:58 pm
Kolkata, Jan 19 (IANS) In the shadow of demonetisation and a violent anti-land acquisition protest in Bhangar, the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government is to inaugurate the third edition of its annual two-day business summit on Friday that will see participation from 25 countries. View More..

Sidhu has joined Congress without any pre-conditions: Amarinder

    Updated On : Jan 19,2017   2:28 pm
Amritsar, Jan 19 (IANS) Coming together for the first time after cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu joined the Congress, Punjab Congress President Amarinder Singh on Thursday said that Sidhu had joined the party without any pre-conditions. View More..

Goa polls: Five men who matter

    Updated On : Jan 19,2017   1:26 pm
Panaji, Jan 19 (IANS) The 2012 assembly polls were largely centred on the man of the moment, Goa's seniormost BJP leader who promised hope and change: Manohar Parrikar. View More..

Punjab polls: No cake-walk for Badals this time (News Analysis)

    Updated On : Jan 19,2017   1:26 pm
Chandigarh, Jan 19 (IANS) With the Punjab assembly polls turning into a three-horse race for the first time, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son and deputy, Sukhbir Singh Badal, face the most serious electoral challenge of their careers. View More..

Manipur CM's son to push modern tech, digitisation if elected

    Updated On : Jan 19,2017   12:44 pm
Imphal, Jan 19 (IANS) Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh's son, Surajkumar, 29, who is fighting the state assembly elections from the Khangabok constituency, plans to stress on modern technology and digitisation in the northeastern state if elected. View More..

Mike Pence dismisses Trump's historically low approval

    Updated On : Jan 19,2017   9:28 am
Washington, Jan 19 (IANS) US Vice President-elect Mike Pence has dismissed a new poll found that only 32 per cent of Americans have a favourable opinion of Donald Trump, a historical low for a President-elect. View More..

Convince UNC leaders to withdraw economic blockade: Rajnath

    Updated On : Jan 19,2017   12:42 am
New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has asked the Nagaland Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang to convince the United Naga Council (UNC) leaders to withdraw the economic blockade in Manipur. View More..