Assembly elections are set to be held in five states this year - Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur. Long before the announcement of the voting and counting dates, major political parties had started full-fledged campaigning. Among the five states going to polls in Assembly Elections 2022, the BJP governs four and the Congress is in power in Punjab.
The Uttar Pradesh Elections 2022 are perhaps the most keenly contested and politically significant election as it also has the most number of Lok Sabha seats that play a crucial role in general elections. All political parties have already started their big push for the UP election. The Uttar Pradesh assembly has 403 seats.
In the Punjab Assembly Elections 2022, the state’s ruling Congress is facing a challenge from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of Arvind Kejriwal, and the new BJP-Amarinder Singh alliance. Amarinder Singh, sacked as Chief Minister by the Congress in September, quit the party and formed his own outfit, Punjab Lok Dal. The Akali Dal-BSP combine is the third challenger in the fight or Punjab’s 117 assembly seats.
In Goa Assembly Elections 2017, the Congress had emerged as the single-largest party winning 17 seats in the 40-member House, but could not come to power. The BJP, which won 13 seats, formed the government by allying with some independents and regional parties. Along with BJP and Congress, the Trinamool Congress and Aam Aadmi Party are also hoping to make a mark at Goa elections 2022.
Uttarakhand will see a three-pronged contest with the ruling BJP, Congress and Aam Aadmi Party vying for power in the 70-seat assembly. Uttarakhand Elections 2022 are due in February-March.
In the 2017 Manipur Assembly Elections, Congress won 28 seats in the 60-member assembly, but the BJP went on to form the government with the support of three regional parties. Nitish Kumar's JD(U), an ally in the BJP-led NDA, has also announced that his party will contest Manipur Elections 2022.
The polls come at a time when Covid cases are on the rise in several states.