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Election Results 2022 Highlights: Mann to take oath as Punjab Chief Minister on Mar 16; Yogi tenders resignation as UP CM

Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Goa Assembly Election Results 2022 Highlights: In UP, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has scripted history, returning to power. The BJP became the first party to retain power in the state since 1985.

Written by Rounak Bagchi , Anamni Gupta
Chandigarh, Dehradun, Imphal, New Delhi, Panaji | Updated: March 11, 2022 10:47:40 pm
The five states — Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur — went to polls on February 10.

Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Goa Assembly Election Results 2022 Highlights: As AAP wrested power from Congress in Punjab, the Chief Minister designate, Bhagwant Mann, is all set to take oath of office along with other cabinet ministers on March 16 at Khatkar Kalan, the native village of Bhagat Singh near Nawanshahar.

Meanwhile, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who after BJP’s momentous victory is set to become the first Chief Minister to return to power in the state after completing a five-year term, on Friday submitted his resignation to Governor of the state Anandiben Patel on completion of his first tenure.

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Following a high-octane electoral battle, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged victorious in four of the five states. In Punjab, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) recorded a historic victory, with the largest mandate in recent years in the state. In Uttar Pradesh, Adityanath, too, has scripted history, returning to power. The BJP became the first party to retain power in the state since 1985. The party is also returning to power in Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa. While CM Pushkar Singh Dhami, in line with tradition, lost his seat, the party managed to beat anti-incumbency. In Goa, BJP crossed the majority mark with the help of three Independent candidates and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, which extended its support to the saffron party despite a pre-poll alliance with TMC. Congress leader P Chidambaram noted, “The overwhelming majority voted against the BJP, but their votes were split among many parties, which gave the BJP the opportunity to win 20 seats.”

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Election Results 2022 Highlights: BJP returns to power in four of five states; AAP claims victory in Punjab; Congress footprint shrinks; Follow state-wise election results here: Uttar Pradesh, PunjabGoaUttarakhand, and Manipur; Read our analysis of the results here

22:42 (IST)11 Mar 2022
Remain humble in victory, do not get into FIR culture with opponents: Bhagwant Mann to AAP MLAs

Punjab Chief Minister-designate Bhagwant Mann on Friday advised the newly-elected MLAs of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to remain humble after the massive victory in the Assembly polls and not get into browbeating political opponents.

Speaking to the MLAs in Mohali after being elected leader of the party’s legislative group, Mann said they should not forget that they are also the MLAs of those who did not vote for them.

“I want to request. We should not be arrogant. We should not go to anyone’s house and challenge him. Tell this to your volunteers also. You are also the MLAs of those who have not voted for you. This government has been made by all Punjabis,” he said. Read more

20:40 (IST)11 Mar 2022
Model Code lifted in five state which went to polls

The Election Commission on Friday lifted the model code of conduct which was in force in five states where assembly polls were held recently. The model code of conduct came into place on January 8 in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur where polls were held in seven phases between February 10 and March 7. The results were announced on Thursday in which the BJP won Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Manipur. On its own it has touched the halfway mark in Goa. Punjab was won by the AAP. --PTI

20:36 (IST)11 Mar 2022
Yogi Adityanath tenders resignation to UP governor as his first tenure as CM comes to end


After BJP’s momentous victory in Uttar Pradesh Assembly election, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday submitted his resignation to Governor Anandiben Patel as his first tenure came to an end. Yogi is set to become the first Chief Minister to return to power in the state after completing a five-year term. With the win, the BJP became the first party to retain power in the state since 1985.

19:29 (IST)11 Mar 2022
Punjab: Have invited Kejriwal for oath-taking ceremony on Mar 16, says Mann


Punjab AAP leader Bhagwant Mann arrived at Mohali venue for MLA meeting on Friday. Talking to the media outside, he said he has invited Arvind Kejriwal for the oath-taking ceremony to be held at Khatkar Kalan on March 16. On March 13, he will pay obeisance at Amritsar, he added.

19:02 (IST)11 Mar 2022
SP thanks UP voters for 2.5 times increase in seat tally

"Akhilesh Yadav and SP accept people's mandate. We thank people of UP for the 2.5 times increase in the seat tally and a 1.5 times surge in the vote share. The results have shown that the BJP's seat count can be decreased & this decline would continue," Samajwadi Party said.

17:52 (IST)11 Mar 2022
27% winning candidates in Uttarakhand polls have declared criminal cases against themselves: ADR

As much as 27 per cent of the 70 candidates who have won the Uttarakhand assembly polls have declared criminal cases against themselves, according to poll reforms advocacy group Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).

The ADR said the Uttarakhand Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of all the 70 winning candidates. Read more

16:15 (IST)11 Mar 2022
Bhagwant Mann to be sworn in as Punjab CM on March 16

AAP leader Bhagwant Mann will be sworn in as the Chief Minister of Punjab on March 16. The party on Thursday registered a thumping victory in the state where it wrested power from Congress.

16:14 (IST)11 Mar 2022
BJP's victory in four states not reflection of popular mandate: Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday termed the BJP's victory in assembly elections in four states as “not a true reflection of people's mandate” and accused the saffron camp of looting votes by using the election machinery.

Reiterating her call for an opposition alliance to defeat the BJP, Banerjee said there is no use of “sitting" idle and waiting for the Congress.

"The party (BJP) should not raise its voice much just because they have won in a few states. This victory is not a true reflection of the people's mandate. This verdict is because of the blatant use of the election machinery to loot votes. --PTI

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15:53 (IST)11 Mar 2022
Goa to dissolve assembly from March 14: Pramod Sawant

Goa will dissolve assembly from March 14, said CM Pramod Sawant. "Today was the last cabinet meeting of the tenure. We thanked everyone. We also took a resolution to dissolve the assembly from March 14 as tenure is ending...Swearing-in ceremony of new govt will be decided by the central observer," he said.

15:03 (IST)11 Mar 2022
AAP Punjab CM candidate Bhagwant Mann meets Kejriwal, Sisodia

Aam Aadmi Party CM candidate for Punjab Bhagwant Mann meets party convener Arvind Kejriwal and party leader Manish Sisodia, in Delhi.

14:31 (IST)11 Mar 2022
'You reap what you sow, public is never wrong': Navjot Singh Sidhu

Reacting to the results of the Assembly elections, Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu called the people's mandate a "great decision". The Congress party met with a resounding defeat in Assembly elections, losing power in Punjab.

"You reap what you sow...This election was for a change. People took a great decision...public is never wrong," Sidhu was quoted as saying by ANI.

He added, "I'm not going into a deep thought on whether people accepted Channi's face as CM's candidate or not."

14:27 (IST)11 Mar 2022
AAP on its way to becoming a national party? Not yet

For a party to be recognised as a 'national party' it needs to meet one of the three criteria – and the AAP doesn't meet any of these:

> It needs to win at least two per cent of the total seats in the Lok Sabha (11 seats) from at least three different states. At present, the AAP has just 1 seat in the Lok Sabha; that of Bhagwant Mann's.

> Get at least six per cent votes in four states in addition to four Lok Sabha seats. It currently has only 6.7% voteshare in Goa as per the EC's trends thus far, and 3.3% in Uttarakhand. In the 2020 Delhi Assembly elections, it got 53.6% vote share.

> Be recognised as a ‘state party’ in four or more states. The party only has recognition in Goa, Delhi and Punjab. For any party to be recognised as a state party, it must secure six per cent of the votes during the Assembly elections and two Assembly seats; or six per cent of votes in the Lok Sabha from the state and an MP from the state; or three per cent of total Assembly seats or three seats (whichever is greater); or one MP from every 25 Lok Sabha seats or eight per cent of total votes in the state during the Lok Sabha election from the state or the Assembly polls. Read Anisha Dutta's explainer here

14:19 (IST)11 Mar 2022
People's decision paramount, hope govts work for farmers: Rakesh Tikait

Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait said the decision of people is paramount as he hoped the new governments in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand will work for farmers and labourers. 

"In the great festival of democracy, the decision of the people is paramount. The farmers' movement showed its effect. We hope that all the governments that have been formed will work for to uplift farmers and labourers in their respective states. Congratulations to all on the victory," Tikait tweeted in Hindi.

14:00 (IST)11 Mar 2022
Victory of '80-20': Owaisi on UP poll results

AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi described the results of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections as a "victory of 80-20" and felt that such an atmosphere would continue for many more years in the country's democracy.

Owaisi, whose party drew a blank in the UP polls, has said the AIMIM respects the people's verdict and continues to make efforts to win people's confidence in the future.

"Political parties are screaming about EVMs to hide their failures. I had said in 2019 also, that the error is not of EVMs. The chip that has been put in people's mind, that is playing a big role," he said on Thursday. "Success has definitely happened. But, it is the success of 80-20," he said, in an apparent reference to UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's comments about "80-20" in the context of Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. (PTI)

13:58 (IST)11 Mar 2022
BJP reads signals for 2024, looks at areas, strategies to work on

Emboldened by its victories in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Manipur, the BJP has begun strategising for the next elections, claiming that it starts planning for the next on the same night that the results for one come out.

With the results being widely seen as an endorsement to the BJP’s welfare politics — various schemes and an effective delivery system, cutting across caste and religious lines — party sources said they would focus on consolidating its new “vote bank” of “women and beneficiaries of welfare schemes” to consolidate them further. Read Liz Mathew's report here

13:45 (IST)11 Mar 2022
CM Channi submits resignation, hopes new govt implements all promises

The Punjab Cabinet on Friday gave approval to recommend the State Governor Banwarilal Purohit for dissolution of 15th Punjab Vidhan Sabha. A decision to this effect was taken during a virtual Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi here at his official residence this morning.

At the end of the meeting, the Chief Minister thanked all his cabinet colleagues, officers, employees and people for overall development and maintaining peace and tranquillity in the state during the tenure of the present government.

The Chief Minister also congratulated the incoming government and hoped that the new government would earnestly implement the promises made to the people. He also hoped that the decisions taken by his government in the public interest such as reduction of electricity rates, slashing VAT on oil besides decreasing rates of sand and gravel etc. would be continued by the next government.

13:32 (IST)11 Mar 2022
It’s more difficult to digest victory than defeat: Sena needles BJP on poll results

With the BJP retaining power in four states in the country, its friend-turned-foe Shiv Sena on Friday needled the party saying that it should not suffer from indigestion due to this success as it is more difficult to digest victory than defeat.

In an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, the Sena said that the BJP’s victory in four states will have no bearing on Maharashtra, and said its impact would be akin to what unfolds when monkeys get hold of a liquor bottle. Read more

13:02 (IST)11 Mar 2022
Samajwadi Party leader ‘attempts suicide’ after election setback

Samajwadi Party’s Kanpur vice-president Narendra Singh alias ‘Pintu’ (55) allegedly attempted suicide by setting himself ablaze outside the Vidhan Bhawan in Lucknow on Thursday after his party lost the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly election to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). 

SP’s Kanpur district president Dr Imran said that Narendra Singh took the step because he felt the party lost the state Legislative Assembly election to the BJP due to irregularities in electronic voting machines (EVM). Read more

13:00 (IST)11 Mar 2022
Outgoing Punjab CM Channi submits resignation

Incumbent Chief Minister of Punjab, Charanjit Singh Channi, lost both the seats he was contesting from in the Assembly elections. On Friday, he submitted his resignation to the governor.

The Aam Aadmi Party has registered a landslide victory in the state and Bhagwant Mann is set to take over as the chief minister.

12:35 (IST)11 Mar 2022
🎧Tune into '3 things' podcast to decode the historic wins of the BJP and AAP

In today's episode of '3 things' podcast, host Shashank Bhargava is joined by Indian Express’ Liz Mathew, and Manraj Grewal Sharma to decode the election results. Among other things, they discuss the reasons behind BJP’s win, what the AAP’s victory means for its national ambitions, and the lessons that the Congress needs to learn. Tune in!

PM Modi, BJP President JP Nadda and Union Ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari at the victory programme in New Delhi. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

What the 2022 Assembly election results mean for states, Centre

Uttar Pradesh: Yogi prevails in bipolar contest

It was clear from the beginning that the election would be between the BJP and the Samajwadi Party, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath targeting the SP and Akhilesh Yadav by referring to “mafiawaad”, “gundagardi by laal topiwalahs”, and “appeasement of one community” (Muslims). As the results show, voters too made their choice between the BJP and the SP (or their respective allies), largely ignoring the BSP and the Congress.

Punjab: Shift from traditional parties

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which had first entered the Punjab poll arena in the 2012 Lok Sabha elections, went on to become the main opposition after the 2017 Assembly elections and has now swept the state with a record 92 seats, the best ever performance by any party after the reorganisation of Punjab in 1966. It signifies a shift away from the two traditional rivals, Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal. Increasingly, people had begun to see them as having let the state drift.

Goa: BJP makes candidates count

The BJP’s emphasis on winnability of candidates seems to have worked. It faced criticism for giving tickets to two couples, choosing defectors over its loyal cadre, but emerged as the single largest party.

Manipur: Growing BJP holds its own

From 21 seats in 2017, when it was behind the Congress (27) and needed to cobble up an alliance with smaller parties to form the government, the BJP is set to do so by itself now. Its poll planks for peace, development, stability — a stark contrast to the tumultuous 15-year Congress regime under the Okram Ibobi Singh, which was marked by bandhs, blockades and a sharp rise in extra-judicial killings — seem to have struck a chord with voters.

Uttarakhand: Congress effort not enough

The Congress election manifesto had promised to keep the price of LPG cylinders below Rs 500, jobs, monetary allowance to 5 lakh families, better health facilities, and 40% reservation for women in government jobs. Voters chose the BJP, whose promises about national security, Army welfare, and religious tourism apparently mattered more to them.

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First published on: 10-03-2022 at 05:12:51 am
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