Assembly elections 2017: High 83% turnout in Goa points to AAP but situation not clear with 70% in Punjab

The Punjab and Goa polls will be followed by those in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Manipur, beginning later this month and spilling over to March.

Assembly elections 2017: High 83% turnout in Goa points to AAP but situation not clear with 70% in Punjab

In what would be a test for PM Modi and BJP government post demonetisation, Assembly election 2017 starts on Saturday with Punjab and Goa voting to decide the next government in their respective states.

According to the latest report, 83% voters had cast their vote in Goa and 70% in Punjab.

The Punjab and Goa polls will be followed by those in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Manipur, beginning later this month and spilling over to March.


In Punjab, voting began in all 117 assembly constituencies. Voting commenced at 8 a.m. and will continue till evening. By-election voting of the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat is also being held today.

Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP is debuting in assembly elections in the two states. BJP is in government in Punjab in alliance with Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for two successive terms.

Tight security arrangements were in place across Punjab and the state's borders with neighbouring states were sealed. According to media reports, there are 22,600 polling stations in Punjab. Over 1.98 crore electors will decide the fate of 1,145 candidates, including 81 women and a lone transgender candidate.

While 11 lakh voters will decide the fate of 250 nominees for the 40 seats in the tiny coastal state of Goa.

Polling for the state started at 7 am on Saturday morning. Over 8,000 additional paramilitary personnel, in addition to the state police, have been deployed at the 1,642 polling stations across the state and other strategic locations to maintain law and order.

Earlier in the day, Goa CM Laxmikant Parsekar casts his vote at a polling booth in North Goa's Arambol.

Speaking to media persons, the Goa CM said: "We will win with a complete and comfortable majority, will continue development work and most importantly job creation."

Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has also cast his vote. He said: "Initial reports suggest good turnout, Goa might cross last year's turnout of 84% & BJP will win with 2/3 rd majority."