The Punjab Assembly Election will be held by a single phase between February and March on 2017, The accurate poll dates will be announced by the Election Commission by the end of this year 2016. The SAD-BJP is currently ruling government in Punjab led by Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal. Punjab has 117 Assembly Constituencies.
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, another breakaway outfit of the Shiromani Akali Dal, was launched by Surjit Singh Barnala in 2004.