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Political turmoil in Punjab over upcoming assembly elections

Chandigarh: Political Schizophrenia has gripped Punjab with leaders of traditional as well as contemporary political parties swinging between political issues including three agrarian laws, sacrilege, drug abuse etc. and their personal rise. It aims to win the sympathy of voters by projecting himself as the ‘lone savior’ and sympathizer of the common man to woo political dissidents from other parties in the upcoming 2022 assembly elections in the state. This has made the situation as an old chestnut ‘prediction very difficult’.

In other words, the political climate in Punjab is not stable but turbulent, especially after the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) (SAD-B) broke ties with its long-time ally BJP over the issue of three agricultural laws, here. Even after taking back Harsimrat Kaur Badal, wife. Shiromani Akali Dal (B) president Sukhbir Singh Badal, from the Union Cabinet and with the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to form a new political alliance, Navjot Singh Sidhu borne the brunt of the Congress in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Infiltration and heavy factionalism started. Striving to break into Punjab’s ‘political vacuum’ and the disintegrating Akali factions, they have sought opportunities to make their presence felt in Punjab, while the BJP has announced it will contest all 117 seats in Punjab alone.

The issues of Bargari sacrilege and Behbal Kalan firing also top the list of political parties.

All political parties have leaned against the BJP on the issues of agricultural laws and are trying to win the sympathy of farmers – a major vote bank – The BJP has denied its stand on agricultural laws and openly refused to repeal them. done.

Coupled with the fact that farmers are the backbone of SAD(B), which has a wide network of its cadre across the state, SAD(B) non-patrons, Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal are once again banking are doing. Support the farmers and keep alive their hopes of not only withdrawing the agricultural laws, but to win their sympathy, has announced a government job to a member of the farmer’s family, who was working for his family during the ongoing farmer struggle. Has lost his life.

After tying up with the BSP and inducting Hindu leaders like former Punjab cabinet minister Anil Joshi, who was expelled from the BJP for alleged anti-party activities, the Akalis were expected to get Scheduled Caste (SC) and Hindu votes as well. have hope. Major differences had already surfaced in the SAD (B)-BSP alliance on the issue of seat-sharing.

Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, who enjoyed the close trust of the Gandhi siblings, managed to rise to the post of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president through his frequent Twitter attacks on the party’s Punjab leadership, thereby The former chief resigned. Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.

Amarinder’s displeasure at the Gandhi siblings-Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi for his “insult” has only opened a pandora in the Punjab Congress by calling him a “veteran”, with party leaders making every effort but in vain. , to make a post. A united face to the electorate’ and instead giving opposition political parties enough ammunition to ’embarrass’ the Congress leadership.

Given the political storm and turmoil in Punjab, AAP leaders in the state are expected to seize power after the 2022 assembly elections and have prepared themselves for the battle of voting, but as of now ‘disorganized’ Tags have not come out. AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has already announced 300 units of free electricity to woo Punjabi voters and the party is also issuing ‘Kejriwal Free Electricity Guarantee Card’.

On the other hand, the BJP, which managed to take its tally from three seats in West Bengal to 77, is hoping to repeat its performance in Punjab, where it also currently has three seats. Earlier, according to the seat-sharing formula with the SAD (B), the BJP used to contest 23 assembly seats, while their alliance partners will contest the remaining 94 seats in the state. However, post-partition it will be interesting to see if the saffron party is ready to field candidates for all the 117 assembly seats in Punjab in the 2022 assembly elections.

Meanwhile, the Congress has already made a SC as the Chief Minister of Punjab and the BJP has also hinted at making a Dalit as the CM face in the poll-bound state. The disgruntled Akali leaders, including Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, who broke away from the Shiromani Akali Dal (B), formed the SAD (Taksali) and SAD (Democratic) respectively, but have now merged with the Shiromani Akali Dal (United). They are also trying to find their lost political base and may join hands with some other political parties before the assembly elections next year.

By Naveen Bharat Staff

 

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