Assembly polls 2017: PM Modi urges young people to vote in Punjab, Goa elections

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

Assembly polls 2017: PM Modi urges young people to vote in Punjab, Goa elections

As Assembly election 2017 kicked off with Punjab and Goa voting today to decide on their next governments, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged voters to turn up in huge numbers and exercise their voting rights.

“Urging people of Punjab & Goa to turnout in record numbers & vote in the Assembly elections. I particularly urge my young friends to vote,” PM Modi said in a tweet.




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

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.

Among the early voters were Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar.

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.”

Manohar Parrikar, after casting his vote, said: “Initial reports suggest good turnout, Goa might cross last year’s turnout of 84% & BJP will win with 2/3rd majority.”