According to news reports, Uttar Pradesh (UP) and four other states who are set to face assembly election in 2017, are likely to face polls simultaneously and that too in the month of February or March.
Further, these elections are set to commence shortly after the Union Budget for the year 2017-18 is presented in the Parliament so as to make sure they avoid face criticism for violating the model code of conduct.
Besides UP, states of Punjab, Goa, Uttrakhand and Manipur are also set to face assembly election in 2017.
While there will be a single-day polling in the states of Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur, Uttar Pradesh is likely to have as many as seven phases of the election with the time span spanning nearly to a month.
It would be interesting to see how UP fares in these polls looking at how the state has witnessed it’s ruling party Samajwadi Party (SP) facing internal turmoil for the past few weeks and how BJP had swept the seats during Lok Sabha elections in 2014.
BJP in 2014 had won 70 of the 80 seats and is now looking to make a comeback by winning the assembly polls after a span of 15 years.
In Punjab, the ruling SAD-BJP government is likely to face a tough battle against Congress and newly formed AAP.
In Uttarakhand, where the ruling Congress staged a sensational comeback earlier this year, the ruling party will be facing a challenge from the BJP, while in Goa, the ruling BJP is pitted against the Congress and the AAP.
Meanwhile, in Manipur, the Congress is seeking to retain power once again.
The current term of the Uttar Pradesh assembly ends on May 27, 2017, while those of Goa, Manipur, and Punjab end on March 18.
Uttarakhand’s assembly term ends on March 27, 2017.