Punjab, Goa Election 2017: High-octane campaign ends, polling on 4 Feb

Punjab, Goa Election 2017: High-octane campaign ends, polling on 4 Feb

A high-octane three-way battle was seen between the BJP, Congress and a debutante Aam Aadmi Party. Goa recorded 83% voting while Punjab recorded 70% polling, which the election commission expected to go up in the final computation.

Polling for 117 seats of state assembly is set to be held on Saturday (Feb. 04). The state which has 40 assembly seats for which 250 candidates contested, the BJP hopes to form a government again despite parting ways with former partner Maharashrtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) soon after elections were announced.

Arvind Kejriwal's AAP is contesting Assembly election in both the states, where BJP and Congress have been traditional political rivals, for the first time and is said to be a potential contender for power. Though the voter turnout was high, it did not surpass the one registered in 2012 (78.20 per cent).

In Manipur, the process will take place on March 4 and 8, although the main event is the elections in neighboring Uttar Pradesh, the country's most populous territory with more than 200 million inhabitants.

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The voting in Amritsar Lok Sabha seat by-election also taking place.

Despite overcast and cold conditions, the Assembly polls in Punjab saw a voter turnout of 78.62% on Saturday.

Thepolls will decide future of Goa's five former chief ministers -- Churchill Alemao, Pratapsinh Rane, Ravi Naik, Digambar Kamat and Luizinho Faleiro and the incumbent Parsekar. The Election Commission has also issued show-cause notices to Aam Aadmi Party national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for alleged bribery remarks during the campaign. He said that people from all walks of life across the party lines and without cast and creed have voted for AAP with the hope of a happy and prosperous Punjab.

Unlike the 2012 election, when a strong anti-incumbency wave was sweeping across the state against the then ruling Congress-led government, this assembly election sees no such fervour, in general. Defeating present Chief Minister of Punjab, Prakash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, from Akali Dal has been looking forward to winning again thus competing with Captain Amrinder Singh from Congress. Votes will be counted on Mar 11. Congress is contesting alone in all the 117 seats.