Assembly polls: Yogi battles 37-year jinx; kisan & Congress turmoil stir Punjab pot | India News

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Saturday announced seven-phase polls between February 10 and March 7 in five states – Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa – setting the stage for an intense, mouth-watering contest that will have a bearing on the standing and morale of important players in the build-up to the 2024 polls.
Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa will have a single-day poll on February 14, while Manipur will vote in two phases on February 27 and March 3.
Polling in UP — stretching over seven phases on February 10, 14, 20, 23, 27 and March 3 and 7 — will be followed closely as it has been the mainstay of BJP’s successive Lok Sabha majorities in 2014 and 2019 besides delivering a sweeping verdict for the saffron party in the 2017 state poll. Counting for all the states will be done on March 10.

Besides determining who wins Uttar Pradesh, the largest…

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