Election Commission will announce dates for Assembly Elections in Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Punjab, Manipur, and Uttarakhand today at 3:30 pm.
Bhartiya Janta Party rules in four states except for Punjab where Indian National Congress is in power.
Election in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh will be of great interest as Congress will put up a good fight to take control of the states where it has little influence.
Critical Decision By Election Commission
UP Elections will be very critical for BJP as Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav poses a serious challenge for the existing CM Yogi Adityanath. This election will also show how BJP will perform in the 2024 general elections.
UP has one of the biggest assemblies with 403 seats in the state assembly. The state also sends 80 MPs to Lok Sabha which is the largest for a single state.
In Goa, BJP is facing challenges of anti-incumbency from Arvind Kejriwal of Aam Admi Party and Moina Moitra from Trinamool Congress.
Congress and Aam Admi Party will challenge BJP Government in Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand Government changed CM twice in less than six months.
Tirath Singh Rawat replaced Trivendra Singh Rawat in March. In July, he was dropped for Pushkar Singh Dhami.
In Manipur, Congress was the single party with 28 seats in 60 seat assembly but BJP formed the government after the support of three regional parties.
Elections in all five states will be held amid a massive surge in Covid cases across the country fuelled in part by the Omicron variant – this morning the Union Health Ministry reported over 1.41 lakh new infections in the previous 24 hours, an increase of 21 percent from the day before.
UP’s Allahabad High Court last month urged the Election Commission and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to postpone polls. The top poll body, however, has had meetings with the Union Health Ministry and has decided to go ahead with elections.