Assembly elections 2022: Voting for the assembly election 2022 is ongoing in Uttarakhand, Goa, and 55 seats in Uttar Pradesh (February 14). While voting takes place in all assembly seats in Goa and Uttarakhand, it will only take place in 55 seats in Uttar Pradesh. The vote in Uttar Pradesh is divided into seven parts, from February 10 to March 7. However, the states’ results mentioned above will be announced on March 10. In today’s elections, some of the leading candidates include Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, and previous Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Singh Rawat, and imprisoned Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan.
Traditionally, Goa and Uttarakhand have experienced bipolar politics, but this time around, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has thrown its hat into the ring. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) and other minor parties are also competing in Goa’s political landscape.
The Election Commission of India has built up roughly 100 all-woman booths named “Sakhi” or “pink booths” in each state to encourage women to vote. In addition, specific booths will be staffed by persons with disabilities.
Here’s all you need to know about the 2022 elections in Uttarakhand, Goa, and Uttar Pradesh:
- Until 1 p.m., the average polling rate in UP’s 55 seats was 39.07 percent. In Uttarakhand and Goa, the turnout was 35.21 percent and 44.63 percent.
- Special attention is being devoted to eight critical constituencies in Bijnor, Sambhal, and Saharanpur in the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh. The areas, which are considered Samajwadi Party strongholds, have a sizable Muslim population.
- Voting is taking place in a single phase in Goa and Uttarakhand. There will be elections in Goa for 40 seats and the hill state for 70 seats.
- In 2017, the BJP won 38 of the 55 seats in Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party 15, and Congress 2.
- Azam Khan, a senior Samajwadi Party leader, Dharam Singh Saini, a BJP minister who converted to the Samajwadi Party, and Suresh Khanna, finance minister, are among the noteworthy candidates in this phase. Azam Khan has been nominated from his hometown of Rampur and is running for office from behind bars.
- Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and his cabinet members Satpal Maharaj, Subodh Uniyal, Arvind Pandey, and Dhan Singh Rawat are among the leading candidates in Uttarakhand. Former Chairman Minister Harish Rawat and state Congress chief Ganesh Godiyal are two influential Congress leaders. In Uttarakhand, Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party is also running.
- Chief Minister Dhami and his wife have been accused of breaking the model code of conduct in the hill state after attending polling booths wearing scarves with the BJP symbol.
- Despite being a tiny beach state with only 40 seats, the Goa election had garnered the most incredible attention after UP because, to the surprising outcome in 2017, when the Congress won the most seats, the BJP formed the government. This time, Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party and Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress are in the race, hoping to expand their reach beyond Delhi and Bengal.
- The primary battle will be in Panaji, where Utpal Parrikar, a BJP renegade and the son of the late Manohar Parrikar, will run as an independent against BJP candidate Atanasio Monserrate. Elvis Gomes, a veteran bureaucrat and the AAP’s chief ministerial candidate in 2017, has been nominated by Congress. For the third round, AAP has fielded Valmiki Naik.
- In Goa, the Trinamool Congress has been vigorously recruiting. The Aam Aadmi Party, which did not win any seats in the Goa elections in 2017, claims to be more prepared this time.
Published By: Khushboo Mehta
Edited By: Kritika Kashyap