Chandigarh, January 16
With just over 20 days to go for crucial assembly elections in Punjab, political uncertainty looms over the frontier state on the issue of who will assume power post-11 March, once the results are declared. This is because Punjab, for the first time, is witnessing triangular contest in most of its assembly constituencies, where corruption, drugs and mafia are the key campaign issues.
Narendra Modi waves took over the entire country during 2014 elections, but not in Punjab. BJP managed to win only two seats out of the total 13 MP seats while its friendly party Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) got four seats.
But Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won four seats and shocked the ruling party by gaining majority in 33 segments of the total 117 segments.
It was almost confirmed that AAP will take over the power in Punjab till six months ago. But internal disputes, corruption of a few leaders, suspensions, and resignations have become a dark spot on the party.
In fact, after Delhi AAP is strong in Punjab. Party chief Arvind Kejriwal is often visiting the State and meeting farmers, youth, industrialists, traders and various other groups of people.
On the other hand, he strengthened the party at booth-level. At present AAP membership has crossed 25 lakh and there are five to 10 volunteers for each polling booth.
Despite having huge party membership, administration, four MPs, lack of a strong chief minister candidate has become a minus point to it.
Sikhs occupy more than half of the population in Punjab. But AAP lacks a strong sikh leader. The party leaders are striving to attract Dalits, who constitute 32 per cent of the population. Already the party organized door-to-door campaigning to more than 10 lakh dalit houses, expecting a sure win if they could win more dalit votes.
Meanwhile, the ruling SAD-BJP alliance is relieved since the present situation is not so favourable to AAP. The ruling party hopes to win if the anti incumbancy votes are divided between congress and AAP. But none can predict the voters’ reaction after the demonetization drive.
Congress party hopes to win votes based on the anti-government wave and weak points of AAP eventually pinning all its hopes on Captain Amarendar Singh. let us see Who Will Win Triangular Contest in Punjab Assembly Polls 2017?